Melanoplus packardii, the Packard grasshopper, is most common
in field margins and roadsides but also occurs on undisturbed prairies.
In recent years it has been particularly abundant on CRP lands. Eggs overwinter
in the soil and hatch in June. Adults are present from late July to early
September. This species is primarily a forb feeder and prefers many species
of legumes. It rarely damages rangeland vegetation. It is more often a
pest of alfalfa and crop field margins.
Ref: Capinera and Sechrist 1982.
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