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Huckleberry Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus fasciatus)

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Huckleberry Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus fasciatus) a state special concern species, with the population center occurring in Jackson County. It is a sedentary species, often found on shrubs associated with barrens communities or in sunlit woodland edges and openings. It is associated with huckleberry and blueberry (Vaccinium sp.) plants, bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum) and heaths (Ericaceae). They feed on a variety of forbs and are believed to be active from mid-June through mid-late August.

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 Huckleberry Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus fasciatus). 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 fasciatus 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 small to medium-sized dark grasshopper with wings extending to 2/3 of, or near the apex of, the abdomen. Femur is red/orange below and inside and tibias are dull red. Outer femur surface conspicuously banded. Send male specimen to an expert for accurate ID.

Habitat: Sandy woods and pine/oak barrens with jackpine, black oak complex, blueberry, sweet fern, lupine, bearberry.

State Distribution: Northern counties and the Central Sands.

Global Distribution: Alaska to Newfoundland, south to New Jersey, northern Indiana, Colorado.

Phenology: Adults mid June into September.

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Last revised: Wednesday, November 07, 2018