A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Aulocara Elliotti (Thomas)


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

New Mexico Distribution Map

Common name: Big-Headed Grasshopper

Size: 20-27 mm.

General distribution: SW Canada, through W. United States to S. central Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Grasses.

Adults Present: June-August.

Notes: One of two so-called "cross" grasshoppers with cross-like markings on dorsal pronotum. This species differs from A. femoratum in having less distinct bands on hind femora, being slightly larger, and often having a light stripe down the tegmina as seen from above. This species can be very destructive on rangeland.

Reference: Otte 1981, Pfadt 1989.

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