Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Melanoplus dawsoni (Scudder, 1875)
Rather similar to M. borealis and M. femurrubrum, but differing in details of subgenital plate of male, and usually considerably smaller. Wings are nearly always short. Underside is yellow, upper side dark, abdomen above usually appears striped.
Mostly in lower mountains. Very common in much of inland West. Usually in dry grassland in rocky areas, often associated with Pine forest or other open woodlands.