Three-banded Grasshopper

Hadrotettix trifasciatus

a grasshopper, Hadrotettix trifasciatus, from the Sta. Rita Mountains photo © by Mike Plagens

Observed in the riparian corridor of Florida Canyon, Sta. Rita Mts., Arizona, USA. 30 July 2013.

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The soil in this area is generally pale gray where it is exposed to the hot sunshine. On this background the hopper's pattern obscurs it very well: The question is do these insects more often park themselves on backgrounds where their camouflage works best?

The second pair of wings, which are hidden when the grasshopper is at rest, are used in flight and are banded yellow (inner) and black (outer).

Acrididae -- Grasshopper Family

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