A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Hesperotettix Viridis (Thomas)


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

New Mexico Distribution Map

Common name: Green-Streak Grasshopper, Snakeweed Grasshopper (including H. curtipennis Scudder).

Size: 15-30 mm.

General distribution: Widely distributed from Canada to Mexico.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

Habitat: Shrubby composites in grasslands.

Host: Primarily snakeweed (Gutierrezia spp.) and rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus spp.), but also a few other composite forbs and shrubs in the tribes Asterae and Senecioneae.

Adults Present: July-October.

Notes: Tegmina long to short but often surpassing abdomen; color green or brown with white or red dorsal stripe and lateral streaks; joint of hind femora and tibiae red or pink ("red-kneed"). Can be beneficial in large numbers; will defoliate and often kill snakeweed.

Reference: Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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