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Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus)


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State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Melanoplus punctulatus in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS2S3
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: A long-winged, medium-bodied, dark grasshopper with large protruding eyes and dull red tibias. Forested habitat and speckled wings with large eyes are helpful for ID. Send male specimen to an expert for accurate ID.

Similar Species: Most other forest Melanoplines have short wings.

Habitat: Pine forest, tamarack swamp, maybe oaks.

State Distribution: Western Central Plain and Western Uplands.

Global Distribution: North Dakota, Ontario to Pennsylvania south to Arizona and Texas.

Phenology: Adults mid July into October.

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Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

Last revised: Thursday, January 10, 2019