Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Melanoplus confusus Scudder, 1897 - Pasture Grasshopper



Male
Taxonomy
Family: Acrididae Subfamily: Melanoplinae Tribe: Melanoplini
Comments: Melanoplus is our largest genus of Orthopterans, with over 350 species occurring in North America (Cigliano et al., 2017). 38 species have been recorded in North Carolina.
Identification
Field Guide Descriptions: Online Photographs: BugGuide, Google Images                                                                                  
Total Length [body plus wings; excludes ovipositor]: 16-18 mm, males; 19-24 mm, females (Blatchley, 1920)
Structural Features: Male cerci are boot-shaped: broad at the base with a ventral "heel" and a rounded, somewhat concave, and twisted "toe" at the apex. Melanoplus keeleri has somewhat similar cerci, but the heel has a more acute angle and the apex is not as flattened or twisted; the subgenital plate is also less elevated than in keeleri and has smaller, narrower apex
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Distribution in North Carolina
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Adult Dates:
 High Mountains (HM) ≥ 4,000 ft.
 Low Mountains (LM) < 4,000 ft.
 Piedmont (Pd)
 Coastal Plain (CP)

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Image Gallery for Melanoplus confusus - Pasture Grasshopper

Recorded by: B.B. Fulton
McDowell Co.
Comment: NCSU Insect Museum specimen
Recorded by: B.B. Fulton
Alleghany Co.
Comment: NCSU Insect Museum specimen
Recorded by: B.B. Fulton
Alleghany Co.
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