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Acrididae: Wrangler Grasshopper (Circotettix rabula)
According to the Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains, "The Wrangler grasshopper ... attracts attention on warm summer days because the males perform mating flights where they hover above the ground making loud snapping and cracking sounds." That's how this grasshopper got our attention. The Field Guide goes on to state, "These grasshoppers prefer high-elevation open rocky areas," which characterizes much of the Ellis Trail.
Acrididae: Carolina Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)
I first saw this grasshopper on the fly, and its dark wing patches gave away the ID.
Acrididae: Differential Grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis)
Acrididae: Mischievous Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca damnifica)
My tentative identification of the species for this grasshopper relies heavily on the uniform coloration.
Tettigoniidae: Katydid nymph
When I took this picture I thought it was of an assassin bug. Looking at the robust upper hind legs and delicate forelegs, among other things, I'm identifying it as a young katydid nymph. Some species in the family have evolved to mimic assassin bugs when a young nymph, and this seems to be one of those cases. No idea which species (there are more than 6,400 worldwide) or even which genus.
Tettigoniidae: Two-Lined Shieldback (Eremopedes bilineatus)
The two short brown "horns" at the end of the abdomen mark this katydid as a male. The abdomens of the females have long pointy extensions.
Tettigoniidae: Angle-Wing Katydid (Microcentrum)
I found this katydid dying on my front porch one morning. It was lying in a 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide grout channel, which provides a scale.
Tettigoniidae: Bush Katydid (Scudderia)