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Species Schistocerca albolineata - White-lined Bird Grasshopper

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Acrididae (Short-horned Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Cyrtacanthacridinae (Bird Grasshoppers)
Genus Schistocerca (Bird Grasshoppers)
Species albolineata (White-lined Bird Grasshopper)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Acridium albolineatum C. Thomas, 1875. Type locality: Ajo, Pima County, Arizona
Schistocerca mexicana Scudder, 1899. Type locality: Sinaloa, Mexico
Schistocerca albolineata (Thomas) S.H. Scudder, 1902
Schistocerca insignis Hebard, 1932. Type locality: Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Schistocerca chinatiensis Tinkham, 1948. Type locality: Chinati Mountains, w. of Shafter, Presidio County, TX
Schistocerca alutacea albolineata (Thomas) Dirsh, 1974
Schistocerca alutacea insignis (Hebard) Dirsh, 1974
Identification
Similar to S. lineata and venusta, but more contrastingly marked, with bold dark bars on the hind femora. This species is dark olive green or brown to black, with contrasting pale yellowish markings, and bold contrasting markings on the hind femora, with the hind tibiae red to black.
Occasionally individuals are green with fewer pale contrasting markings, but still have bold contrasting black markings on the hind femur. These closely resemble eastern S. obscura, but usually have red hind tibiae. Their appearance raises interesting questions about possible hybridization, and they are often misidentified.
Range
West Texas, southern New Mexico, southeastern Arizona, southward into Mexico.
Habitat
Mostly areas of broken terrain, usually on broadleaf trees and shrubs. Often associated with Oak or Mesquite.
Season
Overwinters as eggs, hatches in spring or summer, with adults in summer and often well into autumn or early winter.
Food
Presumably trees and shrubs it is usually found on.
Remarks
This is a member of the "Alutacea" Group, which includes several very closely related populations that are treated by some authors all as subspecies of S. alutacea, by other authors as all distinct species, but which are most often grouped as several subspecies included within a few species. S. albolineata is structurally very much like, and is closely related to S. obscura, but it is less inclined to green coloring, is more contrastingly marked, and occurs futher west.