A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico
Eritettix Simplex (Scudder) [= E. Variabilis Bruner]
(from Dr. Pfadt's Field Guide)
New Mexico Distribution Map
Common name: Velvet Striped Grasshopper.
Size: 16-24 mm.
General distribution: S. central Canada, E. to Connecticut and S. to New Mexico.
Distribution in New Mexico: Widespread, especially in east.
Adults Present: April-July.
Notes: Small, gray, brown, or green, slant-faced grasshopper with lateral pronotal ridges compressed in the middle as seen from above (Opeia obscura has parallel ridges); tegmina as long or longer than abdomen. Can be a rangeland pest.
Reference: Otte 1981, Pfadt 1991.