April 27 2023 Blog Environment
Long-time blog followers may remember “Grasshopper George” the name that didn’t work for the scientists. Instead the new species of grasshopper discovered on Coal Creek in 2018 was named (consistent with scientific process) Melanoplus lindemanni Hill. That is the species, me and Hill for the “bug guy” that identified it. Of interest, part of how they describe a species is through the genitalia. They use the male parts because they are like a “key” the scientist explained and each male can only fit into the lock of a female of its species. It was officially named in 2020. This was one of the coolest things, among many cool things in the biodiversity survey.