Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Carolina Locust - (Dissosteira carolina)

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 12/18/2013

The Carolina Locust is a can decimate fields of crops, leaving economic ruin in its wake.

Picture of Carolina Locust

The Carolina Locust is another in the line of Short-horned Grasshoppers and can be identified by their short antenna and rough-looking exterior. Often found throughout North America, the Carolina Locust is generally regarded as the least destructive of the Locust types in the United States, yet it still remains a force to be reckoned with.

Carolina Locusts, or Grasshoppers, can be found throughout the entire United States. The natural habitat for such an insect is in fields and meadows, particularly those in drier areas. They also thrive in more urban environs like open lots, roadsides and in open quarries. They eat a variety of plants and grass.

Carolina Locusts produce noticeable sounds only when in flight. They are very good flyers despite their erratic flight paths. As with most insect species, the female Carolina Grasshopper is larger than the male. Her coloring is generally on the darker side with the occasional yellow flourish. Both genders have eyes that are colored like the rest of their exterior.

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Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Common name: Carolina Locust
Scientific Name: Dissosteira carolina
Other Names: Carolina Grasshopper

  Kingdom: Animalia
   Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
     Order: Orthoptera
      Family: Acrididae
       Genus: Dissosteira
        Species: carolina

Adult Size (Length): 35mm to 50mm (1.38in to 1.97in)

Identifying Colors: black; brown; yellow

Additional Descriptors: large, flying, harmful, jumping

North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.