Melanoplus bowditchi Scudder

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

Common name: SAGEBRUSH GRASSHOPPER.

Size: 20-30 mm.

General distribution: S. central Canada, S. to Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Sagebrush, Artemisia sp.

Adults Present: July-September.

Notes: Similar to M. flavidus, but can be distinguished by paler color and structure of aedeagus; male cerci broad at base and narrow at tip; tegmina about as long as abdomen; hind tibiae blue. Not economically important.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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