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Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper (Arphia simplex)

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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 Plains Yellow-winged Grasshopper (Arphia simplex). 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.

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Documented locations of Arphia simplex 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

Species guidance

Identification: A large, gray-black grasshopper. Hindwings yellow with a complete black margin and have dark hind tibias. Similar Spharagemon species have orange hind tibias.

Similar Species: Arphia simplex and sulphurea. Send a specimen to an expert for ID.

Habitat: Associated with remnant prairies and sand barrens near woods, grassy woodlands and timber margins.

State Distribution: Collected from five counties bordering the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin.

Global Distribution: South Central Great Plains north to western Iowa, disjunct to southeast Missouri and southern Ohio.

Phenology: Adults late May to mid July.

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Last revised: Wednesday, September 19, 2018