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Photo#370911
Sand Hills Grasshopper - Trimerotropis pallidipennis - female

Sand Hills Grasshopper - Trimerotropis pallidipennis - Female
Ben Lomond, Santa Cruz County, California, USA
July 30, 2009
This seemed to key to Acrididae, subfamily Oedipodinae, in Borror and Delong(1). Hopefully some of the images here will be helpful for reaching an ID (cf. David Ferguson's comments on an earlier post).

Photographed in the special Ben Lomand/Zayante Sandhills habitat of the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. This area is known for it numerous endemic species, many of which are unfortunately imperiled by human habitat encroachment (mainly housing and sand mining). One of these is the Zayante Banded Grasshopper (Trimerotropis infantilis), a federally endangered species. This might be that species, though I suppose it's more likely something else.

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Moved

Something else:-)
I'm willing to bet this is 'simply' another pallid-winged grasshopper, Trimerotropis pallidipennis.

 
Yep, something else
I figured that would be the case. Still, it's kind of interesting how thin the line seemed here between the exceedingly rare and the exceedingly common.

By the way, I have a small favor to ask. If the occasion arises...please remind me to refrain from making bets with you (except when I wish to give you a de facto gift :-)

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