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Fungus-killed Melanoplus - Melanoplus - female

Fungus-killed Melanoplus - Melanoplus - Female
South Berwick, York County, Maine, USA
September 1, 2012
This grasshopper was attached to a branch of white pine. Could it be Melanoplus punctulatus?


It is a female Melanoplus, but she died from a disease
and the coloring is pretty washed out. I'm not sure which species, M. punctulatus is certainly a possibility. She might also be a Differential Grasshopper (what there is of the color pattern seems to fit fairly well, but the red on the inside hind leg is more in keeping with M. punctulatus). If you have a shot of the other side, showing the hind leg, it probably still would show the distinctive pattern of one or the other.

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