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General DescriptionMelanoplus sanguinipes is a medium-sized spurthroated grasshopper with long wings extending well past the abdomen. This and other grasshoppers of the subfamily Melanoplinae often have a spiny bump on their "throat" between their front legs (Johnson 2002). The males of this species can easily be identified by the notch in theirsubgenital plate, the rounded shape of their cerci and the node or bump on theirmesosternum. Adult females are slightly larger than the males but can be associated with them by their similar colour patterns (Pfadt 2002).