Northwestern Red-winged Grasshopper

by Carl Strang

One final note to share from the Bendix Woods bioblitz focuses on a beautiful grasshopper I had not met before, but which has a population living in the large mowed lawn between the Studebaker pine groves and strips of prairie gardens. It’s a relatively large, dark hopper.

The shapes that form this grasshopper are beautiful, sculpted-looking as is often the case with the members of the band-winged grasshopper subfamily.

The shapes that form this grasshopper are beautiful, sculpted-looking as is often the case with the members of the band-winged grasshopper subfamily.

When flushed into flight, or when launching into display flights that include the crackling sounds that qualify them as singing insects, these grasshoppers flash brilliant red hind wings.

The color is washed by the sun into more of an orange in this photo, but it is in fact a true red.

The color is washed by the sun into more of an orange in this photo, but it is in fact a true red.

This is the northwestern red-winged grasshopper, Arphia pseudonietana, one of five county records I turned up during the bioblitz. References indicate that this location is at or near the southern edge of this species’ range.

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