Rocky Mountain locust

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(Zool.) the Western locust, or grasshopper. See Grasshopper.

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The Rocky Mountain locust (Melanoplus spretus) is an example.
Chapco was successful in generating sequence data from dried museum specimens and a highlight of his work was the investigation of the phylogenetic position of the now extinct Rocky Mountain locust, Melanoplus spretus, which he sequenced using DNA from 400-year-old specimens frozen in a glacier in Wyoming (Chapco & Litzenberger 2004).
Entomologist Jeffrey Lockwood suggests that drought and a constant southerly wind spread the Rocky Mountain locusts (Melanoplus spretus) over an immense area for days on end during their northward migration.
A second proposal is Locustacarus trachealis became extinct in North America with the extinction of the grasshopper Melanoplus spretus (Lockwood 2001).