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Grasshopper  - Melanoplus yarrowii - female

Grasshopper - Melanoplus yarrowii - Female
Los Angeles/Natural History Museum-Exposition Park, Los Angeles County, California, USA
November 14, 2012
Size: 1.25 inches
Tried looking in Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States, but couldn't make any sort of sensible ID...please help!

female Melanoplus yarrowii

Excited you could get it down to species! What characteristics keyed you in?

With this species, it just looks very distinctive,
and I can usually recognize it at a glance (there are some similar looking ones on the east Coast, but not in the Southwest); plus, there are only a few long-winged species of Melanoplus in that area to choose from. After a while, it sort of becomes like recognizing your brother or sister, you don't have to think about it anymore.

However, some things to look for on this one are large size, rather plain green or olive-brown coloring (rarely more grayish), with just a hint of stripes along the top sides, red hind tibiae, and in the males the cerci are big wide things, expanding toward the tip. In Arizona, where the two are found togeter, M. thomasi might be confused with this one, but that species runs a bit larger and has a much bolder color pattern.

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Eric... are awesome! Thanks!

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