Melanoplus aridus (Scudder)

Adult

Common name: ARID LANDS SPUR-THROAT.

Size: 13-20 mm.

General distribution: California, E. to Texas.

Distribution in New Mexico: Nearly statewide, except NE.

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Habitat: Desert mountains.

Host: Forbs, cultivated plants.

Adults Present: July-September.

Notes: Male cerci long and slender, narrow toward middle; furculae short; tegmina very short and pad-like; hind tibiae green-blue. Occasionally damages cultivated plants.

Reference: Helfer 1953

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