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Species Melanoplus dawsoni - Dawson's Grasshopper

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Classification
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)
Tribe Melanoplini
Genus Melanoplus
Species dawsoni (Dawson's Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanoplus dawsoni (Scudder, 1875)
Identification
Rather similar to M. borealis and M. femurrubrum, but differing in details of subgenital plate of male, and usually considerably smaller. Wings are nearly always short. Underside is yellow, upper side dark, abdomen above usually appears striped.
Habitat
Mostly in lower mountains. Very common in much of inland West. Usually in dry grassland in rocky areas, often associated with Pine forest or other open woodlands.
Food
Principally forbs.