Name: Red-legged Grasshopper (Melanoplus femurrubrum)
Higher classification: Spur-throated grasshoppers
Description: M. femurrubrum is a medium-sized grasshopper, in which males can range in length from 1.7 cm (0.67 in) - 2.4 cm (0.94 in), whereas females can range from 1.8 cm (0.71 in) - 3.0 cm (1.2 in) long. This grasshopper has a reddish-brown back, a greenish-yellow belly, and red hind tibiae, hence its specific name femurrubrum (femur = thigh, rubrum = red). Wings of M. femurrubrum typically extend beyond the tip of the abdomen. Males have an enlarged abdomen, with a U-shaped sub-genital plate.
Distribution: M. femurrubrum can be found in a variety of habitats found throughout most of North America, but prefer grasslands and areas of thick vegetation. They are commonly found in disturbed habitats and old fields.
Diet: Melanoplus femurrubrum is a mixed-feeding herbivore, which means they can consume a variety of shrubs, forbs, and grasses to meet nutritional needs.
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