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Pallid-winged Grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis)
pallid-winged grasshopper

DESCRIPTION: L=1.5" (37mm). Overall tan, with dark bands. In flight, pale yellow hindwings trimmed with black are visible.
NATURAL HISTORY: Very common. The colorful hindwings serve two functions: 1) attracting mates, and 2) escaping predators (the predator keys in on the color, and then, when the grasshopper lands, it disappears as it folds its wings and becomes camouflaged)
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