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The Melanoplus packardii is a large spurthroated grasshopper with long wings extending as much as 6 mm beyond the end of the abdomen. This and other grasshoppers of the subfamily Melanoplinae often have a spiny bump on their "throat" between their front legs (Johnson 2002). It has bright tan, brown and yellow colour patterns. Two bright stripes run down the head and disk of the pronotum. Cerci of the males are spatulate and the supraanal plate (the cup-shaped plate at the end of the male abdomen) narrows gradually to the pointed end. Females can be identified by using size, markers and colouring to associate them with the males (Pfadt 2002).

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