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Species Eremopedes balli - Ball’s Shieldback

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Tettigoniidea (Katydids, Camel Crickets, and relatives)
Family Tettigoniidae (Katydids)
Subfamily Tettigoniinae (Shield-backed Katydids)
Genus Eremopedes
Species balli (Ball’s Shieldback)
Traits that have been quoted as helping to distinguish this species from Eremopedes ephippiatus include yellow coloring ventrally, smaller size, pale veins on adult male tegmina, occurence at a higher elevation, and "longer" male cerci; however, none seems to be fully reliable, and they have to be used in combination. It seems likely that these are variants of one species (???).
se. Arizona to w. Texas, north into Colorado and Utah.
Primarily woodlands and shrublands of mountains.
nymphs in spring and summer; adults in summer and autumn
probably omnivorous (?)