This slender, elongate grasshopper has a very pointed head and flattened, sword-shaped antennae. Thus, it superficially resembles grasshoppers in the subfamily Gomphocerinae
, but is easily distinguished by the presence of a spur, or spine, between the front legs.
They are usually brownish with a whitish, yellow, or brown stripe from the eye to the base of the front legs. The head is as long as, or longer than, the pronotum. On top, the body may also be reddish or pinkish. The front wings are sharply pointed, extending 3-5 mm beyond the tip of the abdomen (1) (2)