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Thomas’s Two-striped Grasshopper ~ The Firefly Forest

Thomas’s Two-striped Grasshopper

Thomas’s Two-striped Grasshoppers (Melanoplus thomasi) are colorful grasshoppers found in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico. These grasshoppers are typically found in lush riparian areas with abundant herbaceous plants to feed on, and they can sometimes occur in surprisingly large numbers.

While walking along a dry wash in southern Arizona’s Empire Ranch, my dad and I encountered hundreds of Thomas’s Two-striped Grasshoppers. With our every step, we sent several of these and other grasshoppers hopping away. It was mid-November and thus very near the end of grasshopper season, so it was surprising to see so many grasshoppers still around. My dad managed to capture an especially colorful one so that I could photograph it.

An adult Thomas’s Two-striped Grasshopper is usually mostly blue-green in color and has orange antennae, large, dark eyes, two pale yellow dorsal stripes that converge near the hind legs, and red tibiae on its also two-striped hind legs.

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4 responses

  1. they are colorful, but it’s scary to me.

    June 30, 2012 at 10:06 am

    • better to be little fearful and safe if you do not know what it is but grasshoppers are harmless. all of them are as far as i am aware, maybe crop damage if large numbers 😉

      June 30, 2012 at 10:10 am

      • yes right, they are actually common in HK, but.. not quite interesting in any insects

        June 30, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      • yes right, but insects are always scaring me..

        July 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

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