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What is the common name of Hesperotettix viridis?


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April 14, 2011 9:36PM

The Snakeweed Grasshopper is the common name of Hesperotettix viridis.

Specifically, the common name honors the grasshopper's host plant and therefore food source. Snakewood (Gutierrezia spp) is a plant characteristic of the southwestern United States of America. The American Southwest is also the grasshopper's native habitat. The orange splashes of coloring on the grasshopper warn other wildlife - such as area livestock - that both the insect and the food source are not to be eaten.