The Bug Geek

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Forgotten Photo Friday: arctic spur-throated grasshopper (Cyrtacanthacridinae, Acrididae)

A grasshopper peers out from the lichen-encrusted arctic tundra in Kugluktuk, Nunavut:

Though I don’t have an ID for this species (yet! I have many in samples from the summer waiting to be processed.) Working solely from memory and general impressions, I think it’s a member of the spur-throated grasshoppers (Cyrtacanthacridinae), of the short-horned grasshopper family (Acrididae).  Grasshoppers were one of the few conspicuous herbivores on the tundra; small nymphs were present when I arrived in late June and fully-formed adults were to be found by August.  I caught a great many in yellow pan traps, but this handsomely spotted, yellow-epauletted individual was only captured by the camera lens.

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2 responses to “Forgotten Photo Friday: arctic spur-throated grasshopper (Cyrtacanthacridinae, Acrididae)

  1. Ruth Fitzpatrick February 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    I love all these photos! Keep ’em coming… and I hope you’re feeling better.

  2. TGIQ February 18, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Glad you’re enjoying, Ruth! I am finally feeling better thanks (phlegmy, but better!)

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