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  • Painted-Grasshopper - (Dactylotum bicolor)

    Painted-Grasshopper - (Dactylotum bicolor)

    Harboring all the colors of a sunset, it seems fitting that the splendidly colored Painted Grasshopper is native to the western part of the continent.

    Picture of Painted-Grasshopper
    Staff Writer (8/2/2017): The multicolored Painted Grasshopper goes by many names, each attempting to be as descriptive as words allow for such a spectacle. Rainbow, Pictured, and Barber Pole Grasshopper are a few examples. Regardless of what they are called, they sport magnificently detailed patterns all over their bodies. The head has hues of orange-red while the abdomen is yellow. The legs have a chevron pattern on the sides while the abdomen has bands. Small wings cover the middle of the body.

    This species is active from spring through half of autumn. Eggs laid late in the fall overwinter and emerge as adults in the spring. Two generations can be produced each year in warmer regions. Look for Painted Grasshoppers in brush, grasslands, chaparral, prairies and deserts with a little vegetation.

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    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Painted-Grasshopper
    Scientific Name: Dactylotum bicolor
    Other Names: Rainbow Grasshopper, Barber Pole Grasshopper, Uncle Sam Grasshopper, Pictured Grasshopper

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Acrididae
           Genus: Dactylotum
            Species: bicolor

    Size (Adult, Length): 20mm to 35mm (0.79in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, yellow, black

    Additional Descriptors: multicolored, colorful, jumping, patterned, weird

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Idaho; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Mexico; Oklahoma; Oregon; Texas; Utah; Washington; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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