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Species Amblytropidia mysteca - Brown Winter Grasshopper

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Gomphocerinae (Slant-faced Grasshoppers)
No Taxon (Amblytropidia Group)
Genus Amblytropidia
Species mysteca (Brown Winter Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Amblytropidia mysteca (Saussure, 1861)
males: 19-24 mm, females 24-30 mm, some references report to 36 mm length
Robust, yellowish-brown, often with broad golden stripe running lengthwise above. Hind tibiae brownish-yellow. Eye is large. Face is slanted, top of head is rounded. Antennae are short. When disturbed, flies briefly, then dives and burrows into vegetation.
Southern United States: Virginia to Arizona, and southward through Central America.
Typically short to high grasses in open woodlands, especially pine woodlands.
All year in southern areas
Life Cycle
Overwinters as adult. In northern parts of range, passes the summer in the egg stage, but in southern areas adults may be present all year.
See Also
Striped Slant-faced Grasshopper Amphitornus coloradus (see Grasshoppers of New Mexico)
Print References
Capinera, Field Guide to Grasshoppers, pp. 58-59, plate 1 (1)
Capinera, Grasshoppers of Florida, pp. 46-47, plate 21 (2)
Helfer, How to Know the Grasshoppers ... pp. 176-177, fig. 286 (3)
Works Cited
1.Field Guide To Grasshoppers, Katydids, And Crickets Of The United States
John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott, Thomas J. Walker. 2004. Cornell University Press.
2.Grasshoppers of Florida (Invertebrates of Florida)
John L. Capinera, Clay W. Scherer, Jason M. Squiter, Jason M. Squitier. 2002. University Press of Florida.
3.How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
Jacques R. Helfer. 1962. Wm. C. Brown Company.