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We are looking for enthusiastic entomologists from across North America to join our project on the diversification and response to climate change in the Oedipodinae grasshoppers.

There are a total of 35 genera and over 200 species of Oedipodinae grasshoppers in North America. All of the grasshoppers within the Oedipodinae group are called "band-wings". Band-wing grasshoppers in North America are commonly found in prairies and grasslands in northern Mexico and southwest United States and prefer dry warm climates.  

We need help with collecting specimens of this grasshopper subfamily across North America. All volunteers will be featured on our MUOP website and will receive our MUOP souvenir. Long-term collaborations are also welcome. For more information, interested students can contact the PI of the project, Dr. Tereza Jezkova at tjezkova@miamioh.edu

When collecting these grasshoppers, keep in mind that band-wing grasshoppers are more diverse in dry ground habitats and warm climates. When identifying the grasshoppers, one technique involves spreading their forewings and hindwings, as different species display different colored wings. Many species can be hard to catch, so it is suggested to collect them in the morning or evening, as they are easier to catch because they are slower. 

Observing the wings when identifying grasshoppers is important because the bodies of different species look very similar. Additionally, the species in the subfamilies Oedipodinae, Acridinae, and Gomphocerinae can be easily confused because they look very similar as well. There are several ways to separate the Oedipodinae grasshoppers from the Adridinae and Gomphocerinae grasshoppers. Many species of Oedipodinae have large dark patches on their forewings, and their hindwings are usually marked with bright colors like yellow, orange, red, and blue. Also, Oedipodinae faces are usually more vertical rather than slanting, and their antennae are filiform (threadlike). 

More information on how to identify Oedipodinae grasshoppers can be found at the Bug Guide website (link below), and the North American Grasshoppers identification guidebook (Volume 2).

https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740