A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Melanoplus Bivittatus (Say)


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

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

New Mexico Distributions Map

Common name: Two--Striped Grasshopper.

Size: 26-45 mm.

General distribution: Canada to Mexico, except Florida.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

Habitat: Grassland, mountains, riparian; mostly in weedy areas.

Host: Various forbs, grasses, and crops, including corn, potatoes, onions, cabbage, and beets; also trees and shrubs.

Adults Present: August-October.

Notes: Easily identified by the brown to green body with a conspicuous stripe on each side, the black streak on the hind femur, and the boot-shaped male cerci. Can be serious pest of crops.

Reference: Helfer 1953, Capinera and Sechrist 1982, Pfadt 1989.

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