Melanoplus bivittatus, the twostriped grasshopper, is common
throughout Wyoming. It prefers areas of thick grasses at the lower elevations
of the mountains and areas where the soil has been disturbed, including
roadsides, farmsteads, crop margins, and CRP lands. Eggs overwinter in
the soil and hatch in late May or June. Adults are present from early July
through August. This species feeds on forbs and grasses. It is rarely a
pest on rangelands, but it can be a serious pest in agricultural areas
where it damages corn, beets, alfalfa, and many other crops.
Ref: Pfadt 1989, and Capinera and Sechrist 1982.
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