Melanoplus femurrubrum

Common Names: Red-legged grasshopper
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Grasshoppers

This grasshopper has a reddish-brown back, a green-yellow belly, and red hind legs. Color varies greatly across the species.

Found in varied habitats, mostly open, sunny, with mixed herbaceous growth. Adults are found from late spring or summer until frost.

Edible Notes: While not commonly consumed in the United States, grasshoppers are edible and consumed in other parts of the world. They must be cooked to prevent pathogens and the legs should be removed before eating. There is information available online on how to properly prepare grasshoppers for eating.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
Additional Information: http://bugguide.net/node/view/151116
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