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Possible hybridization - Melanoplus - male - female

Possible hybridization - Melanoplus - Male Female
Shaw Nature Reserve near Gray Summit, Franklin County, Missouri, USA
September 24, 2011
Size: 50 mm +or -
This appears to be a male M. differentialis mating with a female M. bivittatus.

I figured the best place to put this,
is in the hybrid Melanoplus section, even though neither one in the image is actually a hybrid. There are suspected hybrids, possibly the result of this sort of "event" posted here too.

This, I strongly suspect, is what their children would look like:

That is exactly what is going on here.
All kinds of comments come to mind - few appropriate :0)

While the pattern on the two is distinctly different, they are very similar and probably extremely closely related species. This sort of mix up happens with some regularity, though in most cases there would be no chance of offspring being produced (often the pair are not related at all); however, in this case, I think odds of children may be good.

Moved from Two-Striped Grasshopper.

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