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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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Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Spermophilus tridecemlineatus
  Back is covered in alternating spotted and pale stripes.  Between the stripes, the coat is brown in color.  The nose, cheeks, belly and eye circle are all pale in color.  It has large eyes, and small ears.
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