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Genus Morsea

Unusual grasshopper species - Morsea tamalpaisensis - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper - Morsea californica - male Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper - Morsea californica - female Morsea piute - Piute Monkey Grasshopper - Morsea piute
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Eumastacidae (Monkey Grasshoppers)
Genus Morsea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Morsea S. H. Scudder, 1898
Type species: M. californica S. H. Scudder, 1898
Numbers
7 species (1)
Range
Western U.S. and adjacent Mexico
Habitat
in shrubs and trees, mostly in mountains
Season
adults mostly late summer and autumn
Food
Several woody plants are reported as eaten, but shrubs of the Rose Family, particularly in the genera Purshia (includes Cowania), Adenostema, and Cercocarpus seem to be favorites.
Remarks
Seven species are listed in Orthoptera Species File. Some authors would treat them all or most as geographical subspecies of M. californica.