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Mottled Sand Grasshopper

Spharagemon collare


Medium to large grasshopper, most evident in late summer and autumn. Highly variable in color and pattern, highly mottled. Note bright orange hind tibiae ("shins"). Common to abundant.


Found in weedy vacant lot in highly urbanized area near an office park.


This is one of a handful of species in the genus Spharagemon that all seem to converge here in Colorado Springs and resemble each other closely. Identification provided by Dave Ferguson.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Lat: 38.84, Long: -104.75

Spotted on Oct 4, 2011
Submitted on Jan 11, 2013

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