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Two-striped Grasshopper

Melanoplus bivittatus

Description:

Melanoplus sp.?

1 Species ID Suggestions

Hema
Hema 8 years ago
Two Striped Grasshopper
Melanoplus bivittatus Discover Life


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11 Comments

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thanks again! So I am assuming this is the Two-striped too: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/132...

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

grass hoppers are indeed adorable. Happy Spotting!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Thanks so much for chiming in Dan. Emma, sorry for doubting your suggestion. I was being obstinate in not acknowledging the different instars of this very adorable grasshopper.
Yes, Emma, I did check out the Discover Life link, but I could not see any black splotching on the insides of the legs, until Dan pointed them out in his spotting.
I think it is safe to put this as the ID, now that you guys have completely relieved me of my doubts.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

Also ,did you check the " Discover Life " link?

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

j,looking at the link you provide makes my feeling that it is a two striped Grasshopper even stronger. The difference in coloration could be due to instar stages. They go thru 5 instar stages and seeing the red legs in your link makes me 90% sure that this is B. Vittatus.

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

J, just to chime in a bit here, I think Emma might be on the right track.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/723...
This second spotting has a good link to show the different stages.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/693...

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Emma, first of all, I must thank you very much for your persistence in trying to identify this spotting. Your spotting is very similar, yet has an orange head, not a green/dark green head like this little guy. The general color on that lubber is also very similar, yet, as you said, there is no red legs. Unfortunately, I don't think it can be M. bivittatus, which I spotted here: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/101...
It is less multicolored, and more of a general lime-green shade.
I'd like to hear your opinions on this. What do you think?

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

looks closer to the two striped except how do you explain the reddish color on legs? instar?

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

or check this one by another spotter.it is a lubber.
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/136...
Not an expert on grsshoppers. Just passing on what i learnt!Good Luck with ID!!

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

I can see cerci and mandibles too.

Hema
Hema 8 years ago

j ,any possibility of what you have is a differential grass hopper?The herring bone pattern on the legs suggests. Could be a young one
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/129...
Mine is a aged specimen.
Differential grass hoppers come in a tremendous shades of color.

Jacob Gorneau
Spotted by
Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Aug 26, 2012
Submitted on Aug 30, 2012

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