Melanoplus punctulatus (Scudder) is a woodland-associated grasshopper that has been mostly recorded from the eastern U.S. and adjacent Canada. Prior to the past decade, the known westernmost occurrence of this species extended into the eastern third of South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. In the past decade M. punctulatus has been found at several sites in the Pine Ridge area of northwestern Nebraska. In 2018, a specimen of M. punctulatus was found at Devils Tower in northeastern Wyoming, which extends the known range of this species by 250 km and represents a state record for Wyoming. This range extension supports the idea that this is a species that may be more widespread than is realized, but is often overlooked due to its arboreal habits and cryptic coloration.
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