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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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Silvery Blue
Glaucopsyche lygdamus

Habitat:  The Silvery Blue can be found throughout all of Alberta and is very common in poplar forests and meadows.

Description:  The Silvery Blue is closer to grey than silver on the underside of its wings with blue on the inside.  Each wing was a distinctive row of black spots running across them.

Size:  25-30mm

Diet:  The...

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