Konza Prairie LTER Image 1
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Konza Prairie LTER (Image 1)

June 8, 2010
Konza Prairie LTER (Image 1) A Grizzly Spur-Throated grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus) is camouflaged on lichen-covered Hackberry tree bark. This species of grasshopper is unusual in that it prefers to live in trees rather than grasses, and particularly likes lichen-covered tress for better camouflage. The species is so rare that--until now--it had only been reported twice in the state of Kansas since it was first identified in the United States in 1862. A student participating in the Konza Prairie Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program's Schoolyard project found the first of several of these grasshopper species. LTER is a National Science Foundation (NSF) program that supports various research sites. This photo was taken in conjunction with Schoolyard LTER program, supplement grant request DEB 02-18210. To learn more about the Konza LTER, visit the program Web site at "http://www.konza.ksu.edu/konza/. Further information can also be found in NSF Press Release 05-111, "Grasshopper Takes to the Trees on Prairie Research Site." [One of two related images. See Next Image.] (Date of Image: Oct. 18, 2003)

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