Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Melanoplus punctulatus punctulatus (Uhler, 1862) - Grizzly Locust

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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.
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Comments: This subspecies is similar in color to subspecies arboreus but is smaller and also differs in its less evident furculae and smaller, narrower, and less elevated tubercle on the subgenital plate (Rehn and Hebard, 1916; Blatchley, 1920). Records for both subspecies should be accompanied by measurements of total body length.
Total Length [body plus wings; excludes ovipositor]: 19 - 24 mm, males; 27 - 29 mm, females (Blatchley, 1920)
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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Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G4T4 [SU]
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