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Mottled Sand Grasshopper

Spharagemon collare

Description:

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.

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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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