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Purple Grasshopper with Small Wings - Aeropedellus clavatus - female

Purple Grasshopper with Small Wings - Aeropedellus clavatus - Female
Missouri Mountain, Chaffee County, Colorado, USA
September 13, 2012
It was at 13,000 ft elevation.

adult female Aeropedellus clavatus
These are moderately common in the Rockies from meadows as low as 6000 ft. (in Colorado - lower northward) right on up to the top. The dark purplish coloring may be due to cold nights (it might have already frozen several times up there). Grasshoppers often darken in color in the autumn - probably because it helps them to warm up faster and maintain a higher body temperature. It could also be that she was always this color. These vary a lot in color, but shades of gray and brown are most common.

Moved from Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids.

Thanks for the information
You're right about freezing -- it had snowed there the day before, and temperatures were in the 20's the night before. There were a lot of these and a lot of dark Mormon Crickets in the area.

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