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Species Cratypedes neglectus - Pronotal Range Grasshopper

Cratypedes neglectus ?? pic 1 - Cratypedes neglectus - male Grasshopper - Cratypedes neglectus - female Steens Mountain Grasshopper 4 - Cratypedes neglectus - male Red Grasshopper - Cratypedes neglectus - female Acrididae 2 - Cratypedes neglectus - female Pronotal Range Grasshopper - Cratypedes neglectus - female Cratypedes neglectus - male Cratypedes neglectus - male
Classification
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 Oedipodinae (Band-winged Grasshoppers)
Tribe Hippiscini
Genus Cratypedes
Species neglectus (Pronotal Range Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oedipoda neglecta Thomas, 1870. Type locality: New Mexico
Cratypedes lineata Scudder, 1876 [invalid; no description, only a footnote including the name]
Arphia neglecta (Thomas) Thomas, 1876
Oedipoda putnami Thomas, 1876. Type locality: Empire and Middle Park, Colorado
Hippiscus neglectus (Thomas) Scudder, 1876
Hippiscus lineatus Scudder, 1877. Type locality: Manitou, Colorado
Oedipoda neglecta (Thomas) Thomas, 1878
Xanthippus neglectus (Thomas) Saussure, 1884
Hippiscus (Xanthippus) neglectus (Thomas) Scudder, 1892
Hippiscus (Xanthippus) obscurus Scudder, 1892. Type locality: British Columbia
Hippiscus (Xanthippus) putnami (Thomas) Scudder, 1892.
Hippiscus (Xanthippus) croceus Scudder, 1901. Type locality: Blaine County, Idaho
Hippiscus (Xanthippus) glaucipes Scudder, 1901. Type locality: between Nevada Falls and Cloud's Rest, Yosemite Valley, California
?Cratypedes croceus (Scudder) Kirby, 1910 [placed in Xanthippus, and with a question mark in Cratypedes by Kirby]
Cratypedes neglectus (Thomas) Kirby, 1910
Xanthippus croceus (Scudder) Kirby, 1910
Xanthippus glaucipes (Scudder) Kirby, 1910
Xanthippus obscurus (Scudder) Kirby, 1910
Hippiscus croceus (Scudder) Caudell, 1911
Hippiscus obscurus (Scudder) Caudell, 1911
Cratypedes neglectus glaucipes (Scudder) Hebard, 1928
Identification
Similar to Xanthippus species and "Cratypedes" lateritius. However, C. neglectus occurs as adults in summer, while most Xanthippus (except S. sierra) appear earlier in spring. C. neglectus has the "lateral lobes" of the pronotum widened conspicuously toward the bottom, while in the other similar species it is either not, or only slightly so. C. neglectus usually has has red hind tibiae (occasionally varying through orange to rarely yellow, and very rarely [in California] greenish or bluish). East of the Great Basin the inner hind femur usually has no obvious dark markins and normally matches the hind tibia in color, being usually bright orange to red. West of the Rockies inner femur more often yellow with dark spots or cross bands. Xanthippus and C. lateritius have this area variable, but never with hind tibiae greenish or bluish, and with the area solid orange, red, or sometimes yellow without dark markings (including west of Rockies). The hind wing of C. neglectus is yellow with a wide bold dark cross band that is more centrally located than usually seen in Xanthippus species and C. lateritius (typically mostly narrower, less bold, and running mostly right along the margin in those species). C. neglectus rarely has anything approaching a pantherine color pattern, with the tegmina usually solid colored or partly crossed by few wide dark bands, occasionaly specked dark.

Agymnastes species are generally larger, females somewhat to much stockier with a wider hind femur that has a more prominent "flange" along the lower and often upper margins. Females may have short wings. Pronotum with lateral lobes not or only slightly widened toward bottom. Hind wing bright yellow (often tinged orange) with dark cross band equally or even more bold and contrasting, but running mostly along the outer wing margin.

Leprus intermedius looks similar, but head is usually proportionately larger, and these have blue (occasionally green) hind wings, inner femur, hind tibiae, and usually abdomen. They tend to be found at lower elevations where found in the same areas.
Range
United States and southern Canada; west from the Great Plains, mostly in mountain areas.
Habitat
Mostly open, gentle, sunny, grassy areas in mountains or broken terrain, usually (but not always) in association with conifer trees and/or Sagebrush.
Season
Nymphs apparently hatch in early spring, and mature in summer. At lowest elevations first adults may appear in late June, but they are most abundant usually in July and August, with some surviving until first freezing weather in autumn.
Food
Not well documented, but presumably mostly grasses.