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Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female

Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - Female
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. elevation, Los Angeles County, California, USA
July 31, 2008
I'm pretty sure that I've correctly identified this beauty as being a member of the (apparently) rarely photographed Eumastacidae family. As the North American representatives of this group are wingless, I'm not certain if this is an adult or juvenile. It posed for a couple of photos on a twig after being rescued from the pool, and then "sproinged" away to freedom. Any help in further identifying this fantastic-looking grasshopper would be great!

Surrounding habitat is chaparral and mixed oak woodland.

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Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper Nymph - Morsea californica - female

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Thanks for moving these, Dave.
I totally forgot about submitting the other set of images I have of the probable adult specimen. I'll try and get those up tomorrow so that you can review them too. :-)

 
OK, I added images...
...of the adult specimen. Curious to hear what you think! I have many other photos, so If you need to see an angle or anatomic feature that I haven't provided, just let me know.

Moved
Moved from Grasshoppers.

A cute and strange little thing
Reminds me of a clothes pin!

 
Thanks, Ron...
I knew these guys reminded me of some household object -- I just couldn't come up with which one. You nailed it!

It must be the pacifist in me, because I just kept on seeing a peace sign... (*smile*)


 
Ron, after that comment
I'll never look at these the same way again!

:0]

I'm fairly sure it's
Morsea californica. I'm still learning these, but in theory it's the only species in the area, and it seems to fit.

I'm also guessing that it's still a nymph, since the ovipositor looks not quite fully developed.

I might be wrong on both counts.

Definitely the right family - nothing else like them.

Drawing at OSF

 
Just double checking...
Dave, did I interpret your comment correctly here in marking this post as an immature female? Would it be safer to just mark it as immature?

 
Let's wait and see...
...if my next submission clarifies matters at all. The second specimen I photographed may be the adult of this species. In any event, my photos of this second one are significantly more compelling and have detailed views of pretty much all the pertinent areas of anatomy. (As I recall, it was larger than this one, but did retain some hints at the rusty coloration, so like I said, it may just turn out to be the adult version.)

Thanks for your valued input Dave! I'll go ahead and move to family for now...

Oops!
I totally forgot that I had one other photo to add to this series -- see here for latest addition.

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