Aulocara elliotti (Thomas)

Adult Adult male (from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)

Common name: BIG-HEADED GRASSHOPPER

Size: 20-27 mm.

General distribution: SW Canada, through W. United States to S. central Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Grasses.

Adults Present: June-August.

Notes: One of two so-called "cross" grasshoppers with cross-like markings on dorsal pronotum. This species differs from A. femoratum in having less distinct bands on hind femora, being slightly larger, and often having a light stripe down the tegmina as seen from above. This species can be very destructive on rangeland.

Reference: Otte 1981, Pfadt 1989.

A. elliotti fact sheet from the Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers
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