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Wrinkled Grasshopper (Hippiscus ocelote)

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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 Wrinkled Grasshopper (Hippiscus ocelote). 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.

Hippiscus ocelote 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 RankG5
Tracked by NHIW

Species guidance

Identification: Large, robust-bodied grasshopper with mottled forwings. Hindwings yellow to pale orange. Inner face of hind femora yellow with distinct black bands. Hind tibia yellow. Send a specimen to an expert for ID.

Similar Species: Pardalophora haldemani females are very large as well, and morphology of the pronotum is not always reliable to separate the two.

Habitat: Dry fields, prairie, to alfalfa and timothy hayfields.

State Distribution: Grant Co.

Global Distribution: Widespread over the eastern two-thirds of the US, to the front range of the Rocky Mountains but apparently limited in northern range to the 42nd parallel east of the Great Plains.

Phenology: Late summer.

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Last revised: Thursday, October 08, 2020