Orthoptera of North Carolina
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Melanoplus sanguinipes atlanis (Riley, 1875) - Lesser Migratory Locust

Family: Acrididae Subfamily: Melanoplinae Tribe: MelanopliniSynonym: Melanoplus atlanis
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. Along with M. propinquus and femurrubrum, M. sanguinipes belongs to the Sanguinipes Species Group (Cigiano et al., 2017).
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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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See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
Status in North Carolina
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Natural Heritage Program Ranks: G5 S5
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Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Columbus Co.
Comment: Identity confirmed by collection
Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Columbus Co.
Recorded by: Stephen Hall
Columbus Co.