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Differential Grasshoppers Mating

Melanoplus differentialis

Description:

Family: Acrididae. Subfamily: Melanoplinae. Genus: Melanoplus. Mating. Length: Adult males: 28-37 mm. Adult females: 34-50 mm. Coloring: Brownish or greenish and darkens with age. Black groves on the pronotum. Male has boot-like appendages at the end of its abdominal tip.

Habitat:

Meadow with abundant plants.

Notes:

Do not recommend handling during mating. Female gave me a really hard bite. No ill effect. Biting in photo.

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penna, USA

Lat: 40.84, Long: -75.64

Spotted on Aug 21, 2014
Submitted on Oct 3, 2014

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