A Manual of the Grasshoppers of New Mexico
Tropidolophus formosus (Say)
New Mexico Distributions Map
Common name: Great Crested Grasshopper.
Size: 35-50 mm.
General distribution: Wyoming, S. through Arizona, New Mexico and W. Texas into Mexico.
Distribution in New Mexico: Bernalillo, Catron, Chaves, Colfax,
Curry, De Baca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Lea, Lincoln,
Otero, Quay, Sandoval, San Miguel, Sierra, Socorro, Torrance, Union, Valencia.
Habitat: Grassland, desert grassland.
Host: Malvaceae, mostly Sphaeralcea.
Adults Present: June-October.
Notes: The green color, high pronotal crest with serrations, and orange hind wings easily distinguish this species from any other New Mexico grasshopper. Often with yellow-ringed brown spots. Hind tibiae pale. Not economically important.
Reference: Otte 1984.