This is a large, robust diurnal species of grasshopper that is readily recognized by the two distinctive yellow stripes, with black borders, that run from the back of the eyes to the tip of the forewings. The stripes form a V at the tip of the wings (Capinera et al. 2004). It is olive-green or yellowish-green on the dorsal side, yellow beneath. Hind femora are yellowish with a dark stripe. Males are 25-35 mm long, females are 29-45 mm long (Capinera et al. 2004). This species is most similar to differential grasshopper (Melanoplus differentialis), and both are large species of the genus.