A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Eritettix Simplex (Scudder) [= E. Variabilis Bruner]


Adult male
(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.

Habitat: Grassland.

Host: Grasses.

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.