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Rocky Mountain Locust - Melanoplus spretus - male

Rocky Mountain Locust - Melanoplus spretus - Male
West Point, Cuming County, Nebraska, USA
From the Purdue Entomological Research Collection. There is no date on the specimen, but it's safe to say it's no older than 1902. I had to take two photos with the microscope camera and put them together, hense the obvious line down the middle. I'll try and get another camera and take a better picture, along with a dorsal view, soon.

It's great to see
this posted here. It is a great reference for a species that is difficult to find photographs of.

 
Yes, great!
Wow, great to see an image of this significant insect. (It is amazing that there are so few specimens extant of a species that numbered in the trillions.)

Anyone know the sex of this specimen? It should be fairly clear from the structure of the tip of the abdomen, but I'm not sure here. It would be nice to see a detail of that area if future photos are made.

Again, thanks.

 
It's a boy
:)

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