Atlanticus davisi
Davis's shield-bearer

Key Characteristics

The Davis's shield-bearer is a medium-sized brown grasshopper with gray flecks or streaks. Body typically darkens laterally, with the hind femur often having a back mark. A distinct, sharp lateral ridge (carinae) is present on the edges of the large dorsal plate behind the head (pronotum). In males, the exposed part of the tegmina (leathery front wings) are only one-fourth the length of the pronotum. Females have a deep, V-shaped notch in the subgenital plate.

Status and Rank

  • State Status: SC
  • State Rank: S2S3
  • Global Rank: GNR


No known occurrences in Michigan

Updated 5/15/2018. Information is summarized from MNFI's database of rare species and community occurrences. Data may not reflect true distribution since much of the state has not been thoroughly surveyed.


The species can be found on fallen leaves and on low vegetation in dry, open deciduous woodlands, jack pine barrens, and leatherleaf bogs.

Natural Community Types


For each species, lists of natural communities were derived from review of the nearly 6,500 element occurrences in the MNFI database, in addition to herbarium label data for some taxa. In most cases, at least one specimen record exists for each listed natural community. For certain taxa, especially poorly collected or extirpated species of prairie and savanna habitats, natural community lists were derived from inferences from collection sites and habitat preferences in immediately adjacent states (particularly Indiana and Illinois). Natural communities are not listed for those species documented only from altered or ruderal habitats in Michigan, especially for taxa that occur in a variety of habitats outside of the state.

Natural communities are not listed in order of frequency of occurrence, but are rather derived from the full set of natural communities, organized by Ecological Group. In many cases, the general habitat descriptions should provide greater clarity and direction to the surveyor. In future versions of the Rare Species Explorer, we hope to incorporate natural community fidelity ranks for each taxon.


Complete life history and habitat requirements are unknown. Maintain suitable and occupied forested and semi-open woodland habitat through conservative resource management. Avoid draining and filling of bogs and other wetlands, apply fire management in occupied habitat conservatively.

Active Period

Active from second week of July to second week of September

Survey Methods

Conduct sweep net surveys in suitable habitat in mid-morning or early evening.

Page Citation

Michigan Natural Features Inventory. 2007. Rare Species Explorer (Web Application). Available online at [Accessed Aug 18, 2018]


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