A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico

Mermiria bivittata (Serville)

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

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

New Mexico Distributions Map

Common name: Mermiria Grasshopper.

Size: 38-51 mm.

General distribution: S. central Canada, S. into Mexico, E. to Georgia, and W. to California.

Distribution in New Mexico: Bernalillo, Chaves, Colfax, Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln, Quay, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro, Union, Valencia.

Habitat: Mostly taller grasses, especially those in moist areas and sand hills.

Host: Grasses.

Adults Present: June-November.

Notes: Large slant-faced grasshopper with sword-shaped antennae and black stripes on head and lateral pronotum; hind tibiae red or sometimes yellow. Occasionally destructive to rangeland.

Reference: Otte 1981.

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

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