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Species Hypochlora alba - Mugwort Grasshopper

Hypochlora alba - female Hypochlora alba - female Hypochlora alba - male Hypoclora alba - Mugwort Grasshopper - Hypochlora alba - male - female Mugwort - Hypochlora alba - female Hypochlora alba - female Mugwort Grasshopper, lateral terminalia - Hypochlora alba - female Hypochlora alba - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Melanoplinae (Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
No Taxon (Hesperotettix genus group)
Genus Hypochlora
Species alba (Mugwort Grasshopper)
Other Common Names
Cudweed Grasshopper
Cudweed Sage Grasshopper
Explanation of Names
Mugwort is the common name most used for herbaceus Artemisia. Cudweed is another plant entirely (Gnaphalium), and I'm not quite sure how this name got attached to this hopper. Sometimes our western "Mugwort" (A. ludoviciana) is called Cudweed Sagewort, so I suppose that's it? There's the name Wormwood too, but that's usually reserved for Artemisia species that this hopper doesn't seem to eat.
about 2.5 cm (1 inch)
The white-striped pale gray-green color (occasionally tan or pale brown) of this grasshopper, along with the short wings and small size, make it unmistakable.
Primarily the Great Plains and into Tall Grass Prairies from the base of the Rockies east as far as Iowa and from southern Canada to northern Texas and New Mexcio.
Patches of gray-leaved herbaceus Artemisia in grasslands. Often most common in low places and along roadsides where its food plant tends to thrive best.
adults summer into autumn.
Primerily Artemisia ludiviciana, sometimes other related species.
Life Cycle
Overwinters as eggs.
While very common, it is rarely noticed.