Need help with ID please

Rst_Cham

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Hello, Some of my baby grasshoppers I’ve been hatching have grown up, can someone help me ID them?
@snitz427 @jamest0o0 or anyone else?

I’m in Denver, Colorado, USA
 

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snitz427

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@Brodybreaux25 @Motherlode Chameleon are also knowledgeable.

Any pics of adults? You’re right, don’t think these are differentials... mine had the telltale chevrons on the femur at this size. Could be - they do change quite a bit, just hard to tell by its femur. Not sure its a two striped, either. My red legged grasshoppers looked a lot like this when they were nymphs.
 

snitz427

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Google images for Melanoplus femurrubrum nymphs (red legged). The adults I have are rather small for grasshoppers - about the size of a large cricket.

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snitz427

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Some differential nymphs. My red legged looked very similar to the first pic as nymphs. I only had one differential, but it was about the size of my pinky, and a but meatier than the others I caught.

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snitz427

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I think that one I sent was an adult? They’ve been mating so pretty sure! Thanks for looking into it for me!!!

Its wings dont look fully developed - when their wings are full grown they are considered adult. Not sure that applies to all species but I think at least most.
 

Motherlode Chameleon

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Just a fast review. If that species is the genus Melanoplus. The first picture looks #1 to be a Differential Grasshopper to me. The species possibly could be a Migratory Melanoplus species (Melanoplus sanguinipes) as well.

Best Regards
Jeremy A. Rich
 

Rst_Cham

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Just a fast review. If that species is the genus Melanoplus. The first picture looks #1 to be a Differential Grasshopper to me. The species possibly could be a Migratory Melanoplus species (Melanoplus sanguinipes) as well.

Best Regards
Jeremy A. Rich
Thank you very much! I really appreciate the help.
 

Motherlode Chameleon

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Sorry for the late response, I think I need to change my notification settings. Looks like Melanoplus femurrubrum to me. It's a subadult, so you'll know for sure when it completes its final molt in a week or so.

Dean

Thanks for the late response. I figured you were the one to id this species. I am not keeping the smaller genus's of grasshoppers at the moment.

Best Regards
Jeremy A. Rich
 

cyberlocc

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If you do end up keeping breeding this, let us now how you get on. How you keep them and such, I was thinking about this, Two Stripeds are EVERYWHERE where I live in the 4 corners, in the summer, thought about catching and raising some.
 
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