A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Brachystola Magna (Girard)


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

New Mexico Distribution Map

Common name: Lubber Grasshopper

Size: 38-79 mm.

General distribution: Montana to Minnesota, S. to Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Eastern to southwestern two-thirds of state.

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Compositae, including lettuce; Malvaceae, including cotton. Also consume many other species of forbs, as well as carrion, etc.; cannibalistic.

Adults Present: June-October.

Notes: A very large, flightless grasshopper; tegmina reduced, pink with black spots. Commonly seen crossing highways. Occasional pests of crops, but not of rangeland.

Reference: Rehn and Grant 1961, Helfer 1953.

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