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Genus Aulocara

White-crossed Grasshopper - Aulocara femoratum Big-headed Grasshopper? - Aulocara elliotti - female grasshopper - maybe Aulocara elliotti? - Aulocara elliotti Brown and black grasshopper with blue tibia - Aulocara elliotti - female Big-headed Grasshopper - Aulocara elliotti Aulocara elliotti - female Aulocara elliotti - female Aulocara elliotti - female
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 Gomphocerinae (Slant-faced Grasshoppers)
No Taxon (Aulocara Group)
Genus Aulocara
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aulocara Scudder, 1876. Type species: Aulocara coerulipes S.H. Scudder, 1876 (= Aulocara elliotti)
Oedicara Scudder, 1876. Type species: Oedicara strangulatum S.H. Scudder, 1876 (= Aulocara elliotti)
Coloradella Brunner von Wattenwyl, 1893 [synonymy based on original description; no type designated; no species listed]
Drepanopterna Rehn, 1927. Type species: Aulocara femoratum Scudder, 1899
Identification
Large rounded head; long dark antennae; pronotum usually with pale margins on top pinched closer in middle (vaguely "X"-shaped); median carina very low and weak, cut behind middle by principal sulcus; usually with pale stripe down middle of back (especially along top of folded wings); "knees" of hind femora (in adults) in large part dark (usually nearly black); hind tibiae blue.

Closely related similar genera do not show the above combination of characteristics, though they may share some. Similar-looking Spur-throat Grasshoppers have a distinct "spur" between the bases of the front legs below.

Encoptolophus species can look similar, but have a low but distinct median carina on pronotum cut once at or in front of middle; the outer part of yellowish hind wings are clouded dark (wings are tranparent bluish in Aulocara).