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Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West


Mermiria texana (Bruner)

Geographic distribution - Colorado to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico (Helter, 1972; Otte, 1981). Its Colorado range is the southeastern part of the state (Anderson, 1941).

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Habitat - often found under the protection of brush (Ball et al., 1942).

Food habits - prefers grasses (Ball et al., 1942).

Eggs - 16 to 24 eggs per pod (Ball et al., 1942).

Adult - large size. General color is brown or green. Face is strongly slanted. Antennae are sword shaped. Dorsal posterior margin of pronotum is rounded. Head and pronotum have dark brown and yellow longitudinal stripes that extend onto the tegmina. Dark brown stripe extends along the midline of the back to the tegmina tips. Tegmina also have light yellow stripes in the subcostal area of the basal half. Tips of tegmina are rounded. Prosternum has a small tubercle. Wings are clear. Hind femora have dark, incomplete bars on upper surface. Hind femora and tibiae are slender. Male length, 32 mm; female, 45 mm (Ball et al., 1942; Brooks, 1958; Coppock, 1962).

Seasonal history - adults appear in June (Ball et al., 1942)

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