Melanoplus keeleri (Thomas)

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


Size: 17-35 mm.

General distribution: Alberta to Ontario, Canada; S. to Nevada, N. New Mexico, Texas, and Florida.

Distribution in New Mexico: Union.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Primarily gravel breaks.

Host: In Colorado, mostly wild tarragon, Artemisia (sagebrush), Dracunculoides, and related species.

Adults Present: June-November.

Notes: Male cerci with ventral projection, but not boot-shaped; furculae very small; subgenital plate somewhat pentagonal; brown, often tinged purple; hind tibiae red; tegmina long. Not economically important.

Reference: Helfer 1953.

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