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Spotted-winged Grasshopper (Orphulella pelidna)

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Spotted-winged Grasshopper (Orphulella pelidna), a special concern species, occurrs in the western half of Wisconsin. It can be found primarily on grasses in sandy uplands associated with ephemeral pools, freshwater marsh, or river terraces. This species is also known from dry prairies and pasture. The Spotted-winged is a grass feeder and is active from July to early September.

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 Spotted-winged Grasshopper (Orphulella pelidna). 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 Orphulella pelidna 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: Small to medium pale grasshopper. Body color green or brown. Head with an obvious slant. Lateral pronotal carinae cut by two or three sulci. Wings extend beyond hind femora.

Similar Species: Orphulella speciosa is common. Lateral pronotal carinae cut only by one sulcus.

Habitat: Variable, dry prairie, old field, sandy uplands associated with wet areas. A species of Atlantic coastal marshes. Rangewide found in herbaceous wetland, riparian, woodland-mixed, grassland/herbaceous, and suburban/orchard.

State Distribution: Western half of state.

Global Distribution: Atlantic Coastal Plain to southern California with scattered sites in western river valleys and the northern Midwest.

Phenology: Adults in July and August.


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Last revised: Tuesday, February 19, 2019