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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.

area wildlife + plants

Prairie Onion
Allium textile

Habitat: Abundantly found throughout prairie regions.  Typically found on dry plains and hillsides.

Description: The flowers grow in small clusters at the ends of slender stems, typically white and lily-shaped.  The leaves of the Prairie Onion are long and very narrow.  Like most onions the plant produces a strong aroma.

Size: 8-25cm

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