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Two-striped grasshopper

Melanoplus bivittatus
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Habitat: Tall grasslands.

Description: Large tan or green grasshoppers with two yellow lines down the back.

Size: 2.9-5.5 cm long

Diet: Grasses

Fun Facts: Grasshoppers make a buzzing sound. They do this by rubbing the rough surfaces of their back wings against their front wings. Males are the ones that sing, either to attract a mate, serve as a warning call, or to establish territory. As a plant eater the two-striped grasshopper is well known for destroying crops, munching on leaves, stems and seeds.

Source: Milne, L., and M. Milne. 1980. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders. Alfred A. Knopf, New York.

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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