My favorite grasshopper! Gray, short-horned grasshopper about 1.5 inches long with tiny wings, crested prothorax and a stripe across the eye.
On White Sage in chaparral around Lake Poway. This genus is only found in California and one species extends into Baja California.
There are three species. D. monstrosus is the most common species. "Dracotettix newboldi has longer wings (but not long enough to fly) and occurs further south in Baja California, Mexico (not known from the U.S.). D. plutonius - is found up in the mountains of the Mojave Desert further east in California and Nevada, and is rarely seen." - David J. Ferguson
Lat: 33.01, Long: -117.01
Spotted on Jan 3, 2014
Submitted on Jan 4, 2014