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Grasshopper - Melanoplus alpinus - female

Grasshopper - Melanoplus alpinus - Female
Near Dotsero, Eagle County, Colorado, USA
September 6, 2008
Size: 25mm
Found at 6500 ft. in the Rockies.

and, I wasn't paying proper attention.
I moved it to the wrong species!

I was probably comparing at the time. M. alpinus is somewhat larger than M. infantilis (but still quite small), usually has a stronger back bar on the side of the pronotum, and the side of the hind femur is more evenly dark (often with one light diagonal dash) instead of with diagonal dark bars. The two are very closely related.

Moved from Little Spur-spurthroat Grasshopper.

I could be wrong,
but I'm fairly sure M. alpinus is the correct identification for this girl.

Moved from Melanoplus.

Thanks, David. Hoppers are much more fun out west for some reason.

Melanoplus species
Hi, it is a female Melanoplus; however, I'll have to do some comparing to see if I can get it to species (there are a few in that area that look sort of like this). Males are easier - if the end of the abdomen is shown clearly (better from a few angles). What would help with males and females is also a few additional angles, a view of the inside of the hind legs, etc. So, no guarentees on getting it to species.

If you get some shots of a matching male, it could get a lot easier.

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