Other Common Names
Plains Sand-treader Cricket
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Phalangopsis (Daihinia) brevipes Haldeman, 1850. Described from "vicinity of Platte River", Nebraska
Daihinia brevipes (Haldeman) Girard, 1854
Adults with body about an inch long, dark brown in color, with very stout spiny limbs (particularly the males). Male hind femur with pronounced spines on back side. Front and hind tarsi have only three segments.
Mostly Great Plains, east from Rocky Mountain base from North Dakota to Texas and New Mexico.
Usually sandy areas or dunes in open grasslands, but hiding usually within holes, burrows, or under rocks.
Eggs laid in burrows in late spring and summer hatch in summer. Overwintering occurs as 3rd and 4th instar nymphs. Adults most abundant in spring, with some surviving late into summer.