Melanoplus (genus)

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Melanoplus borealis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Graham Montgomery
Source: Open Media

Melanoplus Stål, 1873

This is a large genus of grasshoppers with many species some of which are serious pests of rangelands, cereals and other cropsin North America. The genus is also found in Europe and northern Asia. Some species are good fliers and migrate while others are flightless. The adults reach a length of about 5 cm. The genus and related genera have a spur on the prosternum, just below the mouthparts.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: