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Pinkish Grasshopper - Spharagemon collare

Pinkish Grasshopper - Spharagemon collare
Mason County, Illinois, USA
June 24, 2005
Size: 1 in.
While we're on the topic of grass-a-ma-hoppers... Here's a pink one I photographed last weekend. Is this an immature, or are those wings as big as they get?

hold the fort
I just blew this thing up as big as I could without destroying it, and that orange is definitely part of the grasshopper. That makes it S. collare, and bumps D. carolina out of the running. Sorry about the favoratism in the wrong direction. :-o

Moved from Carolina Grasshopper.


Neat shot of a juvenile Acrididae. You might be able to get to genus based on the single notch in the pronotum (top part of the thorax). My guess is it will eventually be Arphia xanthoptera, but not positive.

Dissosteira carolina with slight doubt
The deep notch in the pronotum is the give-away. Only other species similar at this age and in that area would be Sparagemon collare, but the crest generally isn't quite so high this far north, and the coloration is usually speckled more, among other minor differences (if you could see the hind tibiae, they are orange to red in S. collare and dull earth-toned in D. carolina). The thing that bothers me, is I see a hint of orange, and I can't tell if it's part of the grasshopper?

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