A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Melanoplus femurrubrum (De Geer)

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

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

New Mexico Distributions Map

Common name: Red-Legged Grasshopper.

Size: 19-26 mm.

General distribution: Widespread in the United States and Canada.

Distribution in New Mexico: Statewide.

Habitat: Grassland, lawns, open woods; mostly moist, weedy areas.

Host: Grasses.

Adults Present: July-November.

Notes: Male cerci relatively broad, hooked at apex; furculae long and pointed; supra-anal plate widened just posterior of middle; subgenital plate with broad emargination as seen from rear; color brown to red with darker markings; hind tibiae bright red or blue in blue color morph; tegmina long. Can be a serious pest.

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

M. femurrubrum fact sheet from the Field Guide to Common Western Grasshoppers

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