Key to Subfamily Catantopinae {Melanoplinae}

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E Cerci of male variable but not as described below for Oedaloenotus; prozona not swollen; many common species.

Melanoplus spp.
[See key to this large genus]

E' Cerci of male broad in basal two-thirds and distinctly pointed in apical one-third; prozona when viewed from side appearing swollen; tegmina variable but usually short; hind femora with three dark bands on upper face, sometimes extending to outer face; hind tibiae blue-grey; not recorded in Colorado but may occur in the northwest.
Cercus Side view of pronotum
Oedaloenotus enigma (Scudder)
See O. enigma fact sheet from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers

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