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Genus Tettigidea

Pygmy Grasshopper? - Tettigidea lateralis - female Pygmy grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - Tettigidea lateralis - female Pygmy Grasshopper? - Tettigidea armata - male Sculptural Grasshopper - Tettigidea lateralis - female Tetrigid - Tettigidea - female Tettigidea lateralis - Black-sided Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea Pygmy Grasshopper - Tettigidea Tettigidea lateralis - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Caelifera (Grasshoppers)
Family Tetrigidae (Pygmy Grasshoppers)
Subfamily Batrachideinae
Genus Tettigidea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Tettigidea Scudder, 1862
5 North American species (1) (2)
8-16 mm
Apparently, pronotal shape is fairly distinctive--a strong central ridge, and not higly arched. The other common genus in east is Nomotettix, and it has a strongly arched pronotum. In east, compare Tetrix (pronotum somewhat similar) and Nomotettix (arched pronotum, no ridge). See print references.
North America, most species in southeast.
Most in wet areas.
Tettigidea empedonepia, the Neotenic, or Torreya Pygmy Grasshopper, is local and rare.
Print References
Arnett, p. 177, lists genus only. (1)
Bland, describes, has photos, of T. armata and T. lateralis. [cite:7805
Brimley, p. 28, lists for North Carolina: T. armata, T. lateralis (statewide), T. prorsa (coastal plain)
Helfer, pp. 91-92, describes T. empedonepia, T. armata, T. lateralis, T. acuta and T. prorsa (3)
Internet References
North Carolina State University Entomology Collectionlists from that state, with number pinned: acuta (12), armata (4), laterale (179), prorsa (11)
Great Smoky Mountain National Park lists T. lateralis and T. armata