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Clip-wing Grasshopper

Metaleptea brevicornis


Grasshopper with slant-face, angled forewing tips, sword-like antennae, and short rear-pointing spines on hind knees. Males: 25-38 mm, females: 36-53 mm (forehead to tip of folded wings). Color variable brown and green. Hindwing has no pigment. Flies, seldom leaps.


Eastern North America, mostly east of Mississippi. In south, range extends west to Texas, from there, south into neotropics, temperate South America. Prefers wetlands with sedges, grasses, sometimes occurs in salt marshes. This one was photographed at a freshwater marsh at the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near Augusta, GA.


Other common names include Short-horned Grasshopper, Short-horned Locust, and Clipped-wing Grasshopper.

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Augusta, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Sep 3, 2011
Submitted on Feb 18, 2013

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