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280 days of Urbpandemonium #179

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Imagine my delight when our first excursion into the streets of St. Louis resulted in finding a new (to me) species!


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No, seriously, we were really in the downtown area. These grasshoppers--and there were many of them--were in a narrow planted area within a sculpture park called Citygarden.

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These appear to be "differential grasshoppers" Melanoplus differentialis, which eat a wide variety of plant material.

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I'm assuming that the "differential" part of their name is a reference to the herringbone pattern on the femur. The pattern resembles the angled teeth of some differential gearing systems.

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This species is a commonly encountered agricultural pest in the Midwest region, but it was a first encounter for me.

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froganon
Oct. 4th, 2015 10:15 pm (UTC)

That herringbone pattern is quite striking!
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