Melanoplus occidentalis (Thomas) [= M. cuneatus Scudder]

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


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

Habitat: Grassland.

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 Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers
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