Subject: southwest grasshopper
Location: Flux Canyon, AZ
December 6, 2013 10:37 am
Found these grasshoppers October 2nd in Flux Canyon….a small canyon outside of Patagonia, AZ near the Mexican border.
The plants in the area were tall grasses, oaks, agaves, and mesquite.
I’m posting pics of a few different ones…it’s difficult to tell whether they are the same grasshopper or not.
I researched them on a grasshopper site and the possible id’s seemed to be:
Arid Lands Grasshopper-MELANOPLUS ARIDUS
or MELANOPLUS DESULTORIUS
or Gladston’s Spurthroated Grasshopper
The 2nd and 3rd photos are the same grasshopper. the eyes are very red.
We apologize for the very tardy response. Your photos arrived at a very busy time for us, at the end of the semester, and we never had a chance to respond or to post. We are currently locating beautiful images from our unanswered mail to post as we will be out of the office for a week in mid January, and your photos are quite beautiful. The red herringbone pattern on the legs of your invididual is different that the blue pattern on the Arid Lands Spur-Throat Grasshoppers pictured on BugGuide, but other than that color variation, it does appear to be a close match. There does seem to be considerable variation in the coloration of the images posted, so you might be correct. According to BugGuide, there are 239 recognized North American species in the genus, and quite frankly, we just haven’t the necessary skills to determine the correct species. Your submission will be going live to our site later in the month, and perhaps one of our readers will provide a comment that helps to clarify matters.
Thanks again for submitting your excellent photos, concise explanation and research.