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Acridid grasshopper - Melanoplus bivittatus - female

Acridid grasshopper - Melanoplus bivittatus - Female
Baxter State Park, Maine, USA
July 26, 2005
Size: 16 mm
An acridid grasshopper - probably an immature, although some species have wingless adults - found at the limit of a densely wooded area, close to a stream.


Moved from Melanoplus.

Melanoplus bivittatus
4th (next to last) instar female.

a lot for the info

Definitely an immature - female
A late nymph, although maybe at the forelast, rather than last, instar. At any rate, the shape of the terminalia (i.e., the end of the abdomen) indicates a female.
Wingless adults can be quite similar, but their black wing stumps have a different outline, being those of the tegmina. In young individuals like this one, the stumps are those of the hind wings, in a typical upside down position.
A member of the Melanoplinae, likely in the genus Melanoplus. In Europe too, species of this group like the dense vegetation growing on moist soils, near marshes, streams and/or woodlands.

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