Melanoplus packardii Scudder

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


Size: 21-40 mm or more.

General distribution: West of Mississippi River.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

New Mexico Distribution Map

Habitat: Grassland, open woodland.

Host: Herbaceous dicots, especially legumes; grasses, forbs, blue grama grass, cotton, vegetables.

Adults Present: July-October.

Notes: Male cerci narrowed in middle; pronotum with distinct pale stripe on each side; hind tibiae green or red; tegmina longer than abdomen. Differs from M. foedus in being slightly smaller and distinctly colored, and in details of the aedeagus. Can be destructive.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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