(De Geer, 1773)
This grasshopper's diet usually consists of grains, and includes soybeans, alfalfa, wheat, and barley, among others.
Melanoplus species eat grasses of all kinds, as well as leafy and grassy agricultural crops and garden plants. They feed on the leaves, and sometimes fruit, flowers, and buds, as well as tree bark. Many of the more notable agricultural pest grasshoppers belong here, including the Rocky Mountain locust, the most significant insect pest of the 19th century Great Plains, but now extinct.
This grasshopper has a reddish-brown back, a greenish-yellow belly, and red hind legs, hence its specific name femurrubrum (femur = thigh, rubrum = red). They are about2.5 cm (0.98 in) long.
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