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Species Melanoplus differentialis - Differential Grasshopper

Differential Grasshopper - Melanoplus differentialis - male Differential Grasshopper - Melanoplus differentialis - male Differential Grasshopper? - Melanoplus differentialis - female Melanoplus differentialis - female  Melanoplus differentialis - Melanoplus differentialis - male Melanoplus differentialis? - Melanoplus differentialis - female Melanoplus differentialis, 4th instar - Melanoplus differentialis Chocolate-brown grasshopper - Melanoplus differentialis - female
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 Melanoplinae (Spur-throated Grasshoppers)
Tribe Melanoplini
Genus Melanoplus
Species differentialis (Differential Grasshopper)
Other Common Names
Lubberly Grasshopper
Herringbone Grasshopper
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanoplus differentialis (Thomas)
Males: 28-37mm, Females 34-50mm. (1)
Forewings, pronotum uniform, without distinctive marks. Black herringbone markings on outer face of hind femora. Yellow hind tibiae. (1)
Capinera's map shows most of U.S. except for southeast, northeast, and northwest. (1). BugGuide has images from the southeast and northeast outside of the Capinera map.
Lush vegetation, moist crop areas. (1)
Adults July-October. (1)
Life Cycle
Black form: "The black (or nearly black) form is moderately common in ne. Colorado (particularly in Larimar, Weld, & Boulder Counties) and northeastward into w. Nebraska and w. South Dakota (they seem particularly common around Scottsbluff and around Belle Fourche), but its occurrence is sporadic, and while it can turn up apparently anywhere between the Rockies and Appalachians, it does not seem to be generally distributed through the population" - David Ferguson

Significant crop pest in the Midwest. (1)
Print References
Capinera, pp. 122-123 & plate 25. (1)
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.