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Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus bruneri)

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Overview

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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 Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus bruneri). 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 bruneri in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS1S2
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIY
WWAP SGCN

Species guidance


Identification: A long-winged, medium-sized, brown grasshopper with a hump on the sternum similar to M. sanguinipes, and usually pink or red tibias. Send male specimen to an expert for accurate ID.

Similar Species: Melanoplus sanguinipes has a stronger sternal hump, especially distinctive in the males.

Habitat: Shrubby areas of forest in the north, shrubby areas of beach and dunes.

State Distribution: Ashland Co in the Lake Superior Lowland.

Global Distribution: Alaska to New Brunswick, south in mountain meadows into northern Arizona and New Mexico, eastward to Iowa, northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

Phenology: Adults July into October.

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Natural community (habitat) associations

The table below lists the natural communities that are associated with Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper. Only natural communities for which Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper is "high" (score=3) or "moderate" (score=2) associated are shown. See the key to association scores for complete definitions. Please see the Wildlife Action Plan to learn how this information was developed.

Ecological landscape associations

The table below lists the ecological landscape association scores for Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper. The scores correspond to the map (3=High, 2=Moderate, 1=Low, 0=None). For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

This map shows the probability of Bruner's Spur-throat Grasshopper occurring in each of Wisconsin's Ecological Landscapes.  Actual scores can be found in the table to the left.


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Landscape-Community combinations of highest ecological priority*

Ecological priorities are the combinations of natural communities and ecological landscapes that provide Wisconsin's best opportunities to conserve important habitats for a given Species of Greatest Conservation Need. The 10 highest scoring combinations are considered ecological priorities and are listed below. More than 10 combinations are listed if multiple combinations tied for 10th place. For more information, please see the Wildlife Action Plan.

Ecological LandscapeCommunity
North Central Forest Northern Mesic Forest--early seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Forest--mid seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Forest--late seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Forest--young seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Mesic--mid seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Mesic--late seral
Northeast Sands Northern Dry Mesic--young seral
Northern Highland Northern Dry Mesic--mid seral
Northern Highland Northern Dry Mesic--late seral
Northern Highland Northern Dry Mesic--young seral
Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Northern Mesic Forest--early seral
Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Great Lakes Beach
Northern Lake Michigan Coastal Great Lakes Dune
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Forest--mid seral
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Forest--late seral
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Forest--young seral
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Mesic--mid seral
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Mesic--late seral
Northwest Sands Northern Dry Mesic--young seral
Superior Coastal Plain Boreal Forest
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Forest--mid seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Forest--late seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Forest--young seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Mesic--mid seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Mesic--late seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Dry Mesic--young seral
Superior Coastal Plain Northern Mesic Forest--early seral
Superior Coastal Plain Great Lakes Barrens
Superior Coastal Plain Great Lakes Beach
Superior Coastal Plain Great Lakes Dune

* Ecological priority score is a relative measure that is not meant for comparison between species. This score does not consider socio-economical factors that may dictate protection and/or management priorities differently than those determined solely by ecological analysis. Further, a low ecological priority score does not imply that management or preservation should not occur on a site if there are important reasons for doing so locally.

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Issues/threats and conservation actions

Conservation actions respond to issues or threats, which adversely affect species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) or their habitats. Besides actions such as restoring wetlands or planting resilient tree species in northern communities, research, surveys and monitoring are also among conservation actions described in the WWAP because lack of information can threaten our ability to successfully preserve and care for natural resources.

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Last revised: Tuesday, May 21, 2019