Melanoplus confusus Scudder

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

Common name: LITTLE PASTURE SPUR-THROAT.

Size: 16-25 mm.

General distribution: British Columbia, Canada, to New England; S. to North Carolina, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Distribution in New Mexico: From northern counties south to Bernalillo County.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Forbs, grasses.

Adults Present: June-July.

Notes: Male cerci with broad tooth; furculae short, horn-like; subgenital plate transverse; color brown to yellow with dark spots; hind tibiae red to greenish-blue; tegmina long. Not economically important.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Pfadt 1989.

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