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Species Melanoplus differentialis - Differential Grasshopper

 
 
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Evolution, Diversification, and Biogeography of Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae)
By Hojun Song, Ricardo Mariño-Pérez, Derek A Woller, Maria Marta Cigliano
Insect Systematics and Diversity, 2(4):3, 1-25, 2018
Full text (PDF available)

How to Know the Grasshoppers, Cockroaches, and Their Allies
By Jacques R. Helfer
Wm. C. Brown Company, 1962
Part of the original Pictured Key Nature Series. I have only seen the 1962 original paperback. There was a 1987 Dover reprint, apparently of the 1972 (2nd) edition.
Covers grasshoppers, termites, cockroaches, and mantids. Has 540 good black-and-white illustrations. Though somewhat dated, has more thorough coverage of some groups (e.g., Pygmy Grasshoppers, Tetrigidae) than more recent popular guides. Worth finding if you are interested in orthoptera.

The 1987 Dover reprint of the 2nd edition includes a new preface, new footnotes, new illustrations, treatment of crickets, and a

Grasshoppers (Acrididae) of Colorado: identification, biology and management
By John L. Capinera, T. S. Sechrist
Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin, 584S, 1982

Synopsis of Orthoptera (sensu lato) of Alabama
By Matt E. Dakin, Jr., and Kirby L. Hays
Auburn University Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin, No. 404, 1970
Keys to at least most of the latent sense Orthoptera in Alabama (includes Blattodea, Mantodea, Phasmida, etc).

https://aurora.auburn.edu/handle/11200/2343

Key to the Grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae) of Florida
By Trevor Randall Smith, Jason G. Froeba, and John L. Capinera
Florida Entomologist, Vol. 87, No. 4, 2004
"A dichotomous key is presented to aid in the identification of the adult stage of the 71 grasshopper species known to occur in Florida. Reflecting recent research one subspecies, Schistocerca alutacea rubiginosa (Scudder), has been elevated to species status Schistocerca rubiginosa (Harris) in this key."

Florida Entomologist link

Florida Entomologist PDF

Cricket Radio: Tuning in the Night-Singing Insects
By John Himmelman
Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2011

Guide to Night-Singing Insects of the Northeast
By Michael DiGiorgio & John Himmelman
Stackpole Books, 2009

Orthoptera of North-Eastern America
By W. S. Blatchley
The Nature Publishing Company, 1920
Old is not always bad. While it is seriously outdated (1920), most thorough and comprehensive single treatment of eastern US Orthoptera (and related insects) published is 'Orthoptera of North-eastern America' by W. S. Blatchley. Some subsets of the insects included in this book have been more recently treated in more depth, but not all together in one place.

The title is a bit misleading, because included are nearly all species then known to be found east of the Mississippi. Also, the definition of Orthoptera has changed over the years, and this book includes things such as Earwigs (Dermaptera), Roaches & Mantids (Dictyoptera), and Walkingsticks (Phasmatodea). It is well worth a search through libraries and used book shops if you are really interested in these insects. It does not have much in the way of illustrations (mostly drawings to aid in identification where necessary), but it is very interesting to read, with lots of discussion and detail. Each species is discussed at length and includes descriptions of the insect, habitat, life history when known, history, etc.

 
 
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