Key to the Melanoplus Species
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G Subgenital plate
black or distinctly margined with black; cerci less narrowed at tip; wings
approximately length of abdomen; hind tibiae red to yellow-brown; found
at high altitudes.
Melanoplus borealis (Fieber)
||Top view of head, pronotum and tegmina
See M. borealis fact sheet from Dr. Pfadt's
Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers
G' Subgenital plate
not black or distinctly margined; cerci more tapered at tip; wings usually
extend well beyond tip of abdomen; hind tibiae usually red, sometimes yellow;
widespread and common, often abundant in disturbed and urban areas.
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