Subject: Grasshopper identification
Location: Pearsoll Peak, Kalmiopsis Wilderness, OR
March 21, 2016 10:05 am
Hi, I took photos of this grasshopper thawing in a snowbank at 4,000 feet elevation on 3/17/16. Located at Pearsoll Peak, Kalmiopsis Wilderness, SW Oregon. Its armor is camouflaged to the landscape of the area as there are a lot of sage plants & serpentine/chrome ore outcroppings of that color. Thanks!
We haven’t the time to research the identity of your Grasshopper at this time, but we are posting the images. Perhaps our readership can assist. We will also contact Eric Eaton to get his opinion.
Eric Eaton Responds
That is a nymph (juvenile, immature, “baby”) of a band-winged grasshopper, subfamily Oedipodinae in the Acrididae family. I cannot make a more specific ID.
author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America