Paratettix cucullatus

Hooded Pygmy Grasshopper


Paratettix cucullatus, Grouse Locust in family Tetrigidae

 

Family: Tetrigidae

Subfamily: Tetriginae

Length: 13 - 15 mm to wingtip

 

Paratettix cucullatus is often found near the water where they feed on algae. Their coloration is typically in browns and grays, and mottled.

As is the case with all Pygmy Grasshoppers, the front and middle tarsi have only two segments, while the rear tarsi have three.

Capinera et al. (2004) note that Pygmy Grasshoppers have no song or call, and in fact they lack auditory organs.

Photo data, 1st photo: 6 July 2005. Female. Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Photo data, 2nd and 3rd photos: 20 June 2006. Female. Seneca Rocks, Pendleton County, West Virginia.

Photo data, 4th photo: 1 July 2007. Male. Black Fork of the Cheat, Tucker County, West Virginia.

Photo data, 5th photo: 17 August 2005. Nymph. Wetland five miles east of Buckhannon, Upshur County, West Virginia.

Paratettix cucullatus, Pygmy Grasshopper, Tetrigidae
Pygmy Grasshopper, Paratettix cucullatus, dorsal view
Paratettix cucullatus, Pygmy Grasshopper photo from West Virginia
Paratettix cucullatus nymph, Pygmy Grasshopper immature