Melanoplus dawsoni (Scudder)

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

Common name: DAWSON'S SPUR-THROAT.

Size: 15-20 mm.

General distribution: S. central Canada to Maine, S. to New Mexico and Pennsylvania.

Distribution in New Mexico: Santa Fe.

Habitat: Mixed herbaceous areas on slopes; mostly lower mountains.

Host: Unknown.

Adults Present: July-August.

Notes: Male cerci porkchop-shaped; furculae large, broad-based, and pointed; subgenital plate roughly triangular; brown to gray; tibiae red; tegmina short. Not economically important.

Reference: Helfer 1953.

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