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A Couple of Strange Hoppers

 
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beetleman



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 4:58 pm    Post subject: A Couple of Strange Hoppers Reply with quote

One is a strange grasshopper and the other is a leafhopper. Both are new to me. The grasshopper was very small, only about 13mm long (.5") It was a full flying adult. Pictures again are from my Aug. 2007 folder.




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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug those are some unusual ones there,, really like the colors in the second one Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That first hopper sure is an unusual one Doug, looks as though it has a pencil in its hind claw. Maybe it is leaving a note. There is an aphid back there too, in the background to the right, bonus bugs! Wink That little leaf hopper is quite colorful also. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know the Nearctic fauna but it seems to be a pygmy grasshopper, possibly a Tetrix species.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't pretend to be a bug ID expert, having no formal schooling in that area - but here in the UK some of my books show a separate group (within the crickets/grasshoppers order Orthoptera) called 'groundhoppers' which this first picture looks a lot like in shape! I don't know if this is a proper taxonomic grouping...
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pygmy grasshoppers are found all over the U.S. also, including many Tetrix species. The one Doug has looks consistent with this one shown at BugGuide, which is identified as probably Tetrix, possibly T. arenosa.

'Tis the season for these critters, which overwinter as adults even in northern areas.

Laurie, in quick search of the web, it appears that your "groundhopper" is exactly the same group.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leafhopper is Colladonus clitellarius found photos http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/leafhoppers_genus_colladonus
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WOW, Thanks everyone of the IDs. I never heard of pigmy or groundhoppers.
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