|Adult male (from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)||Adult female (from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)|
Size: 22-30 mm.
General distribution: Throughout the Great Plains.
Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.
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Habitat: Grasslands; favors dry disturbed sites.
Host: Forbs, especially Chenopodiaceae, occasionally garden flowers, sugar beet.
Adults Present: July-November.
Notes: Male cerci swollen from base, with finger-like tip; hind tibiae blue; tegmina may be short or long. Not usually important economically.
Reference: Capinera and Sechrist 1982.
M. lakinus fact sheet from the Field Guide
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