Share your observations

Share your observations of plants or non-game animals with the Natural Heritage Inventory

Rare animals
Find rare and non-game animals.
Rare plants
Learn about plants on the Natural Heritage Working List.
Rare lichens
Discover Wisconsin's lichens.
Natural communities
Explore Wisconsin's natural communities.
Other features
Discover unique resources.
Eagle license plate

Help care for rare plants and animals by ordering an Endangered Resources plate.

Contact information
For information on Wisconsin's rare vertebrate animals, contact:
Rich Staffen
Conservation Biologist
For information on Wisconsin's rare invertebrates, contact:
Jay Watson
Conservation Biologist

A Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus rusticus)


There is no overview information available for that species.

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 A Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus rusticus). 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.

Melanoplus rusticus is not tracked by the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory Program at this time (this species is not on the NHI Working List).
Summary Information
State Statusnone
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankSH
Global RankG4G5
Tracked by NHIW

Species guidance

Identification: A small, dark grasshopper with short, ovate wings. Femur faintly banded and tibias are dark olive green with a pale basal ring. Send male specimen to an expert for accurate ID.

Similar Species: Melanoplus viridipes and M. gracilis.

Habitat: Dry oak forests and hillsides.

State Distribution: Grant Co.

Global Distribution: Texas, Oklahoma, east to Tennessee, north to Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.

Phenology: Adults late, Septembe into October.

Other resources

Links to additional A Spur-throat Grasshopper information

Other links related to grasshoppers and allies



A Spur-throat Grasshopper

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

A Spur-throat Grasshopper

Photo by Kathryn Kirk, WDNR.

Last revised: Thursday, December 22, 2022