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what happened here? - Melanoplus - male

what happened here? - Melanoplus - Male
Point Pelee National Park, Leamington, Ontario, Canada
no problem if it gets frassed...i was just wondering if anybody could explain what might have happened...very strange to me

I'll stick it under the genus for now.
I don't know if there is specifically a page for diseased insect photos, but there is an interesting discussion here on BugGuide, which links to lots of postings of diseased insects, related discussions, and to other web sites.

Moved from ID Request.

almost certainly that is close to the real scenario
As for I.D. he is (was) a male specimen of something in the genus Melanoplus, likely M. femurrubrum, but I can't be certain (there isn't enough left).

possible scenario:
killed by a fungal disease >> decomposed >> fallen apart; scavengers, like ants, may have been involved

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