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What type of grasshopper is this?i


Best Answer Shaye , April 4 2016 - 7:11 PM

Chorthippus parallelus

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#1 Offline Shaye - Posted March 29 2016 - 10:17 PM

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I've never seen a pink grasshopper so i am absolutely confused on how to ID this one

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I found it In Canyon Country, CA 

03/29/16

It is obviously immature at barely 11mm.

Found it in a desert/field area.

There are skinny hoppers and broad ones here based on body structure and this one is more broad.

Does anyone know for sure if this gene is recessive or if it's just weeded out by predators?

 

If there's any more info I can add to help the ID, please comment.

 

ps. I'm looking more for the exact name because I would like to research the specifics of its species to breed it.


Edited by Shaye, March 29 2016 - 10:25 PM.

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#2 Offline dermy - Posted March 30 2016 - 2:16 AM

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Sounds like it's something like in this:

http://news.bbc.co.u...von/8246902.stm

 

but I'm not sure, the article calls them just a

"a young adult meadow grasshopper, which has been born pink through genetic mutation."

 

 

I don't know if that's what you have but that's the best I could find.



#3 Offline LC3 - Posted March 30 2016 - 5:30 PM

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Looks pretty.



#4 Offline Shaye - Posted March 31 2016 - 3:52 PM

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I scrolled through that article before, and was trying to figure out with all the different grasshopper types which to breed it with to keep the pink coloring. There was also another article that called it either a recessive gene, or perhaps erythrism.

 

Thanks LC3. I thought it needed to be preserved, so I am researching to hopefully successfully breed it.


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#5 Offline TofuPower - Posted April 1 2016 - 4:40 AM

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I'm fascinated by your pink grasshopper!

Do you know if it is male or female?

 

Please update if you are able to successfully able to breed more pinkies.



#6 Offline yen_saw - Posted April 1 2016 - 5:41 AM

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Cool!!!

 

I have kept and bred pink katydid before!!!

 

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#7 Offline Shaye - Posted April 3 2016 - 12:01 AM

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Those look cool, yen saw! I'm unsure how to tell what gender it is until it matures, but i'll try to get it a mate when I can and will keep you updated Tofu.


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#8 Offline drtrmiller - Posted April 3 2016 - 7:09 AM

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#9 Offline Shaye - Posted April 3 2016 - 8:00 PM

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From the research i've done, pink katydids are a bit easier to come by due to the fact that most research has proven the gene to be fairly dominant. Idk where you may look to get some, but those would be your best bet. It is also believed that the grasshopper I have has a recessive gene and so i'm quite doubtful that I will be successful. However, if I manage to pull it off (by a few repetitions of inbreeding), I'll contact you once I have a stable population that I can split.


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#10 Offline Mads - Posted April 3 2016 - 9:07 PM

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Sexing most species of crickets, grasshoppers and katydids is quite simple, the females, once mature, or nearly mature have an ovipositor, the males have none.

 

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#11 Offline Shaye - Posted April 3 2016 - 9:34 PM

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Thanks Mads, I'm just waiting for it to mature so I can properly assess the gender is all.


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#12 Offline Shaye - Posted April 4 2016 - 1:21 AM

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Anyone know if this is just a common meadow grasshopper, but with a rare recessive gene or erythrism?


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#13 Offline Shaye - Posted April 4 2016 - 7:11 PM   Best Answer

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Chorthippus parallelus


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