Key to the Melanoplus Species

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D Furculae diverging; subgenital plate without apical tubercle; hind tibiae tan; southwestern Colorado.
 
Furculae Top view of subgenital plate Cercus
Melanoplus tristis Bruner



D' Furculae parallel; subgenital plate with apical tubercle; hind tibiae red; light bands on tegmina form faint "V" when folded; widespread in foothills and mountains.
 
Furculae Top view of subgenital plate Cercus
Melanoplus dodgei (Thomas)
[If the hind tibiae are not red the specimen may be Phoetaliotes nebrascencis. P. nebrascencis lacks the light band on tegmina, and the base of the cerci are expanded slightly dorsally and ventrally.]


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