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    1 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    08/26/2009 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    2 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    09/14/2008 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    3 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    08/25/2013 Obstruction Point Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    4 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    10/06/2009 Obstruction Point Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    5 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    09/11/2011 Sunrise Ridge Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    6 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    09/19/2011 Obstruction Point Area, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    7 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    09/04/2008 Obstruction Point Road, Olympic National Park, Washington

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    8 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    09/06/2014 Blue Mountain/Deer Park, Olympic National Park

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    9 - Nisquallia olympica adult male.

    10/06/2009 in a terrarium

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    10 - Rehn Fig 8 and 9 “Male (allotype) Dorsal view, lateral view (x2)” Note that the single male specimen was missing antennae and had one malformed hind leg.

Unsurprisingly, wherever you see the easier-to-spot female Nisquallia olympica, you also find the smaller, slimmer males. Males I’ve seen exhibit less color variability than females, but do range from dark slate gray to brownish.

Photo 6 shows the underside of a male clinging to a plastic terrarium wall.

“Two New Melanoploid Genera (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Cyrtacanthacridinae) from the Western United States” James A. G. Rehn, Transactions of the American Entomological Society (1890-), Vol. 78, No. 2 (Jun., 1952), pp. 101-115. (See JSTOR link Available to read onlline with a free account.)