Eritettix simplex (Scudder) [= E. variabilis Bruner]

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

Common name: VELVET STRIPED GRASSHOPPER.

Size: 16-24 mm.

General distribution: S. central Canada, E. to Connecticut and S. to New Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Widespread, especially in east.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Grasses.

Adults Present: April-July.

Notes: Small, gray, brown, or green, slant-faced grasshopper with lateral pronotal ridges compressed in the middle as seen from above (Opeia obscura has parallel ridges); tegmina as long or longer than abdomen. Can be a rangeland pest.

Reference: Otte 1981, Pfadt 1991.

E. simplex  fact sheet from the Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers
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