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Velvet-striped Grasshopper (Eritettix 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 Velvet-striped Grasshopper (Eritettix 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 Eritettix simplex 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: Slender, medium-sized grasshopper with wings extending to the end of the abdomen. Head with obvious slant. Body tan with brown markings in females, brown and green in males. Pronotum with three distinct longitudinal carinae (ridges). The ridges are unique to this species in Wisconsin.

Habitat: Remnant prairie.

State Distribution: Most recent collections from remnant dry prairie in Dane and Grant Counties in southern Wisconsin.

Global Distribution: Two main distribution centers in the North America. One consists of the Appalachian Mountains and their eastern slopes, and the other covers the Great Plains region from Canada to central Mexico.

Phenology: Adults May to early July Nymphs overwinter.

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Last revised: Thursday, January 10, 2019