Skip to Main Content

Apply Now to the University of Wyoming apply now

Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West


Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers

List of Species Fact Sheets

Field Guide Contents

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. 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.

Melanoplinae | Gomphocerinae | Oedipodinae | Tettigoniidae | Romaleidae


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


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


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
Contact Us

Scott Schell

Room #9, Agriculture Bldg.

Phone: (307) 766-2508


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
UW Operators (307) 766-1121 | Contact Us | Download Adobe Reader

Accreditation | Virtual Tour | Emergency Preparedness | Employment at UW | Privacy Policy | Harassment & Discrimination | Accessibility Accessibility information icon