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Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Schistocerca obscura


Body green with gray or reddish-brown forewings; side of knee bright green, yellow, or whitish, conspicuously contrasting against black on dorsolateral edge of knee; similarly-colored spot on side of thorax behind pronotum; top of hindfemur has two black bars; usually has pale yellow dorsal stripe, sometimes lacking in females. Males 36-45 mm; Females 50-65 mm


Range is southern United States, into southwest: Pennsylvania south to Florida, west to Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, southern Arizona. Fields and open woodlands. This one was photographed at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near Augusta (Richmond County), GA.


They are also sometimes commonly known as Bird Locust.

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Augusta, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Oct 20, 2012
Submitted on Mar 23, 2013

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