Bandwing grasshoppers (subfamily Oedipodinae) are camouflaged and silent at rest, but in flight they expose their often brilliant hindwings and frequently let out cracking and snapping noises (called crepitations). Males, and sometimes females sound off, especially during courtship flights. This unique mode of sound production is produced when the membranes between veins are suddenly popped taut. Bandwings also make sound by rubbing their hind femurs against the forewings (stridulation), but their songs are typically weak and subtle. Speckled Range Grasshoppers prefer feeding on grasses and sedges and some forbs, and can be found in open, sunny areas, particularly areas with bare soil in most all elevations. They are widely distributed, stretching from Alaska to Mexico in western North America.
Photo by Kristi DuBois on 4/29/20 up Fish Creek in Mineral County, MT.