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Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West


Bruner Spurthroated Grasshopper

Melanoplus bruneri Scudder

Melanoplus bruneri

Melanoplus bruneri is common in the lower- and mid-elevation areas of the mountains of Wyoming. It prefers areas of sparsely timbered prairie or dry mountain meadows. Eggs overwinter in the soil and at high elevations may take two years to hatch. Adults are present from July to September. This species is probably a mixed feeder with little economic importance in Wyoming. There have been reports of damage to mountain grasslands in Canada and in the United States.
Ref: Gurney and Brooks 1959, and Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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