Melanoplus bivittatus (Say)

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


Size: 26-45 mm.

General distribution: Canada to Mexico, except Florida.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland, mountains, riparian; mostly in weedy areas.

Host: Various forbs, grasses, and crops, including corn, potatoes, onions, cabbage, and beets; also trees and shrubs.

Adults Present: August-October.

Notes: Easily identified by the brown to green body with a conspicuous stripe on each side, the black streak on the hind femur, and the boot-shaped male cerci. Can be serious pest of crops.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Capinera and Sechrist 1982, Pfadt 1989.

M. bivittatus fact sheet from the Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers
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