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Thistle Grasshopper

Aeoloplides turnbulli


Medium-sized grasshoppers, green to grayish-brown in color, banded and striped as shown.


Degraded shortgrass prairie in mostly urban-industrial area of town.


This species is incredibly abundant this year. It is named for Russian Thistle ("tumbleweed"), which is not a thistle at all, nor native to North America, but which the insect feeds on.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Jul 25, 2014
Submitted on Jul 29, 2014

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