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Carolina Locust (Dissosteira carolina)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Carolina Locust, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 2/13/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Carolina Locust  
Picture of Carolina-Locust

The Carolina Locust is a large herbivore that can decimate swaths of commercial crops, leaving economic ruin in its wake.

The Carolina Locust is a type of Short-horned Grasshopper and can be identified by its short antennae. A rough-looking exterior is greenish-brown with speckles of dark along its wings. Carolina Locusts produce noticeable sounds, but only when in flight. It is a decent flyer despite its erratic flight paths. They are large and may look like a heavy, strange butterfly when flying. 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.

Found throughout North America, the Carolina Locust is generally regarded as the least destructive of the Locust family in the United States, but it still remains a force to be reckoned with. Like other locusts, it eats a variety of plants and grasses, even ones humans like such as clover, sunflowers, and corn. The natural habitat for this insect is in open fields and meadows, particularly in drier areas. They also thrive in more urban environments like open lots, roadsides, and quarries.

Carolina Locust Information

Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Common Name: Carolina Locust
Scientific Name: Dissosteira carolina
Other Name(s): Carolina Grasshopper

Taxonomy Hierarchy

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

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 35 mm to 50 mm (1.365 inches to 1.95 inches)
Identifying Colors: black; brown; yellow
Additional Descriptors: large, flying, harmful, jumping

North American Territorial 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

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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