Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Three-banded Grasshopper

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Hadrotettix trifasciatusBe sure to click on the photo for a better view
of the network pattern in the wings and the colors



According to the 'Wyoming Agricultrial Experiment Station Bulletin 912,

"The Three-banded Grasshopper ranges widely in the grasslands of the West in the middle third of the continent. It is a common species of the shortgrass, desert, and mixedgrass prairies. It is less abundant in other prairies and is rare in grass-shrub communities of the intermountain basins. In the tallgrass prairie it occupies areas of sparse vegetation on gravelly hilltops and slopes. This particular species is not considered a serious agricultural pest.

Its feeding on good forage grasses would tend to give it pest status, but research has shown that it feeds more heavily on poor forage plants and plants poisonous to livestock (death camus, milkweeds, some milkvetches, and others). It feeds on grasses, forbs, sedges, dead and weakened insects, plant litter, and dry cattle dung. It feeds chiefly on forbs, with as many as 40 species recorded from analyses of crop contents and direct observations in nature. Examination of 152 specimens collected from several habitats near North Platte, Nebraska revealed that 75 percent of crop contents consisted of forbs, 21 percent grasses and sedge, and 4 percent arthropod parts."

This one was photographed at the Ft. Worth Nature Center and Refuge.
Lower prairie setting close to the West fork of the Trinity River.

I have been seeing a lot of band-winged grasshoppers and tons of slant-faced grasshoppers there, but this is the first of this species that I have seen this year. Maybe I haven't been looking closely enough.

Leave a comment (if you like hoppers) and tell me what you think.
Photo with my Canon G10 'point and shoot'

Troy
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11 comments:

beetlesinthebush said...

That's a great photo of a beautiful grasshopper. Point-and-shoots have come a long way!
regards--ted

willow said...

Hi! Nice to "see" you again! Pretty grasshopper. I just don't see so many anymore. Not like I used to as a girl.

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy and Martha, welcome back! We sure have missed you! Nice grass hopper but there are other creatures I like better! Thanks for the education though!

Scotty Graham said...

Hi Troy...welcome back, and thanks for paying me a visit...been a long time. I finally have internet at home, so can visit my fellow bloggers...glad to have ya back in the blogging world....

Scotty

Marvin said...

Welcome back! Nice shot of the hopper. I'm still intimidated by grasshoppers, not the hoppers themselves but by the prospect of trying to learn to ID them.

The Texican said...

Hey Troy and Martha. Thanks for coming by Pappy's and letting me know you are up and running again. I caught a lot of grasshoppers when I was a kid. (Pre-Video Games). Pappy

Dewdrop said...

Welcome back to blog world... hope all is well with you!

Hugh said...

Nice to see you back, and with a cool bug too.

Lynn said...

Interesting. Our grasshoppers are not that colorful.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Troy: That is a new one to me with the red back legs.

DougT said...

That's a beautiful photo. I may have collected one of them in Tucson. I haven't yet had the chance to key it out. Glad to have you back blogging.