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Great Crested Grasshopper a.k.a. Dinosaur Grasshopper

 
Great Crested Grasshopper or Dinosaur Grasshopper
Great Crested Grasshopper

Photo - Susan Thompson

This is a spectacular grasshopper species, not hard to find in the Texas Panhandle - Great Crested Grasshopper a.k.a. Dinosaur Grasshopper, Tropidolophus formosus. This one was on snakeweed in early fall 2009 at Wildcat Bluff Nature Center. Although most grasshoppers are generalists when it comes to diet, this species actually specializes on plants in the Malvaceae family (such as scarlet globe mallow and wine cup). Males of this species have noisy displays both in flight (crepitation) and on the ground (stridulation).

(Most info. came from Field Guide to Grasshoppers, Katydids, and Crickets of the United States by John L. Capinera, Ralph D. Scott and Thomas J. Walker.)

Photo and text - Susan Thompson