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Short-horned Grasshopper (Metaleptea brevicornis)

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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 Short-horned Grasshopper (Metaleptea brevicornis). 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.

Metaleptea brevicornis 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: Medium-sized, long-winged grasshopper. Males have a green dorsal stripe and dark brown forewings. Females are variable in color, often light brown to green. The angled tips of the long, diaphanous forewings are distinctive.

Similar Species: Stethophyma spp. are large by Gomphocerinae standards and in wetlands as well.

Habitat: Marshes, tall grasses and sedges at borders of ponds, lakes.

State Distribution: Eau Claire Co.

Global Distribution: Eastern US south to Argentina.

Phenology: Adults present July through September.

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Last revised: Thursday, October 08, 2020