Brachystola magna, the Western lubber grasshopper, is most common
in the lower North Platte River Basin but has been reported from other
counties in eastern Wyoming. Here it can be found on gravely soil with
sparse vegetation and coarse weeds. The eggs hatch in the spring and adults
can be found in August and September. It prefers to feed on coarse forbs
and dead insects. It is never abundant enough to cause damage to crops
or rangeland and its consumption of weedy plants may be considered beneficial.
Ref: Capinera and Sechrist 1982.
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