A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Melanoplus differentialis (Thomas)


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

New Mexico Distributions Map

Common name: Differential Grasshopper.

Size: 28-44 mm.

General distribution: Widespread from California and Oregon to New Jersey and Texas.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

Habitat: Grassland, urban areas, mostly weedy areas.

Host: Crop plants, grasses.

Adults Present: July-October.

Notes: A very large member of the genus with distinctive black chevrons on hind femora; male cerci wide, somewhat boot-like; color yellow, hind tibiae yellow; pronotal sutures usually outlined in black, otherwise unmarked; tegmina long. A non-migratory but often destructive species, especially in corn, alfalfa, and garden vegetables.

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

M. differentialis fact sheet from the Field

Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers

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