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Grasshopper - Schistocerca camerata - female

Grasshopper - Schistocerca camerata - Female
National Butterfly Center, Hidalgo County, Texas, USA
November 17, 2012

she seems to match up with the adults of S. camerata


yes - immature
In the last instar (stage between molts) before becoming an adult.

Great, just wanted to make sure
I didn't think there were any short-winged Schistocerca, but just wanted to clarify your last comment. Plus make sure I wasn't missing something weird in this genus.

Just an anecdotal comment
There are sort of short-winged Schistocerca. They wouldn't concern anyone on the mainland of North America though. The genus Halmenus from the Galapagos Islands has been shown to genetically be part of Schistocerca, and they have short wings. I don't know if anyone will ever officially put them within Schistocerca though, because they look quite different. One of those island evolution things. Why have long wings, when you don't need them? At least that would seem to be the question. [There are long-winged Schistocerca on the islands too.]

Very interesting!
Wasn't aware of that genus, thanks for the info. It's always wild to see what pops up on those islands like that, even if there are other long-winged taxa there. May be some specialized ecological adaptation for them since the Galapagos is already loaded up with cases like that.

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