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Obscure Grasshopper (Opeia obscura)

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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 Obscure Grasshopper (Opeia obscura). 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 Opeia obscura 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-sized grasshopper. Tan color, possibly markings on pronotum and forewings. Head strongly slanted. Forewngs to near the end of abdomen. Dark line present on top third of hind femora.

Similar Species: Orphulella spp.

Habitat: Dry prairie particularly "goat prairie" on south and west facing hillsides.

Host Plant: Associated with short grasses, especially Bouteloua spp., Sporobolis heterolepsis, and Muhlenbergia spp.

State Distribution: South of the Tension Zone.

Global Distribution: Minnesota to California. Most records are from the Great Plains from southern Canada to central Mexico.

Phenology: Adults July through September.


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Last revised: Tuesday, February 19, 2019