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Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers

List of Species Fact Sheets

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All but one of the grasshopper species in this field guide belong to the family Acrididae. They are further subdivided into three subfamilies: Melanoplinae, Gomphocerinae, and Oedipodinae. To distinguish between the subfamilies, see the appropriate section of Rangeland Grasshopper Management. These subfamilies are the basis for the organization of the grasshopper fact sheets. Each subfamily has been assigned a certain background color, and all pages related to species in that subfamily share the assigned background color. Within each subfamily, the species are organized alphabetically by their scientific names. The Lubber Grasshopper, Brachystola magna, belongs to the family Romaleidae, Tribe Brachystolini, and the Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex, is actually a shield-backed katydid, belonging to the family Tettigoniidae, sub-family Decticinae. Each has been given its own unique background color.






Russianthistle Grasshopper

Aeoloplides turnbulli

Snakeweed Grasshopper

Hesperotettix viridis

Cudweed Grasshopper

Hypochlora alba

Alpine Grasshopper

Melanoplus alpinus

Narrowwinged Sand Grasshopper

Melanoplus angustipennis

Twostriped Grasshopper

Melanoplus bivittatus

Northern Grasshopper

Melanoplus borealis

Sagebrush Grasshopper

Melanoplus bowditchi

Bruner spurthroated Grasshopper

Melanoplus bruneri

Pasture Grasshopper

Melanoplus confusus

Dawson Grasshopper

Melanoplus dawsoni

Devastating Grasshopper

Melanoplus devastator

Differential Grasshopper

Melanoplus differentialis

Redlegged Grasshopper

Melanoplus femurrubrum

Striped Sand Grasshopper

Melanoplus foedus

Gladston Grasshopper

Melanoplus gladstoni

Little Spurthroated Grasshopper

Melanoplus infantilis

Keeler Grasshopper

Melanoplus keeleri

Kennicott Grasshopper

Melanoplus kennicotti

Lakin Grasshopper

Melanoplus lakinus

Flabellate Grasshopper

Melanoplus occidentalis

Packard Grasshopper

Melanoplus packardii

Nevada Sage Grasshopper

Melanoplus rugglesi

Migratory Grasshopper

Melanoplus sanguinipes

Valley Grasshopper

Oedaleonotus enigma

Largeheaded Grasshopper

Phoetaliotes nebrascensis





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Clubhorned Grasshopper

Aeropedellus clavatus

Whitewhiskered Grasshopper

Ageneotettix deorum

Striped Grasshopper

Amphitornus coloradus

Bigheaded Grasshopper

Aulocara elliotti

Whitecrossed Grasshopper

Aulocara femoratum

Ebony Grasshopper

Boopedon nubilum

Bruner Slantfaced Grasshopper

Bruneria brunnea

Meadow Grasshopper

Chorthippus curtipennis

Crenulatewinged Grasshopper

Cordillacris crenulata

Spottedwinged Grasshopper

Cordillacris occipitalis

Velvetstriped Grasshopper

Eritettix simplex

Twostriped Slantface Grasshopper

Mermiria bivittata

Obscure Grasshopper

Opeia obscura

Slantfaced Pasture Grasshopper

Orphulella speciosa

Fourspotted Grasshopper

Philbostroma quadrimaculatum

Brownspotted Grasshopper

Psoloessa delicatula





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Specklewinged Grasshopper

Arphia conspersa

Redwinged Grasshopper

Arphia pseudonietana

Clearwinged Grasshopper

Camnula pellucida

Greenstriped Grasshopper

Chortophaga viridifasciata

Hayden Grasshopper

Derotmema haydeni

Carolina Grasshopper

Dissosteira carolina

High Plains Grasshopper

Dissosteira longipennis

Dusky Grasshopper

Encoptolophus costalis

Threebanded Grasshopper

Hadrotettix trifasciatus

Bluelegged Grasshopper

Metator pardalinus

Mottled Sand Grasshopper

Spharagemon collare

Orangelegged Grasshopper

Spharagemon equale

Finned Grasshopper

Trachyrhachys aspera

Kiowa Grasshopper

Trachyrhachys kiowa

Pallidwinged Grasshopper

Trimerotropis pallidipennis

Redshanked Grasshopper

Xanthippus corallipes




Romaleidae, Tribe Brachystolini

Lubber Grasshopper

Brachystola magna


Tettigoniidae, subfamily Decticinae

Mormon Cricket

Anabrus simplex

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