|Adult male (from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)||Adult female (from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)|
Common name: FLABELLATE GRASSHOPPER.
Size: 18-30 mm.
General distribution: British Columbia to Saskatchewan, Canada; S. to Arizona and Texas.
Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.
New Mexico Distribution Map
Host: Forbs, grasses, some crops.
Adults Present: July-October.
Notes: Male cerci very wide at base; furculae very small; hind tibiae blue; inner hind femora partly orange when fresh; tegmina long. Destructive species, both on range- and cropland.
Reference: Helfer 1953, Coppock 1962, Pfadt 1989.
M. occidentalis fact sheet from the Field
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