Lactista aztecus (Saussure) [= Tomonotus a. (Saussure), Platylactista a. (Saussure)]

Common name: AZTEC RANGE GRASSHOPPER.

Size: 19-25 mm.

General distribution: S. Arizona to E. Texas, S. to central Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Chaves, Dona Ana, Eddy, Hidalgo, Otero.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Disturbed areas along arroyos, stream bottoms, and roadsides.

Host: Unknown.

Adults Present: March-November.

Notes: Medium-sized band-winged grasshopper, with distinct band on tegmina nearly matching similar band on hind femora; hind wing with yellow basal area and dark band with spur; hind tibiae green. Continuous crepitation. Not economically important.

Reference: Otte 1984.

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