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Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West


Lakin Grasshopper

Melanoplus lakinus (Scudder)

Melanoplus lakinus

Melanoplus lakinus is an uncommon grasshopper found in southeastern Wyoming. Localized populations can be found in weedy vacant lots in suburban areas or other disturbed areas. Adults were collected in late August during this survey. They feed exclusively on plants from the Chenopodiaceae family and are known to eat Russianthistle and lambsquarter. This species has no economic importance in Wyoming.
Ref: Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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