Melanoplus lakinus (Scudder)

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.

New Mexico Distribution Map

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 to Common Western Grasshoppers
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