Mischievous Bird Grasshoppers are strong fliers with large bodies, and may also fly in swarms like their avian namesake.
One of the smallest of its genus, the Mischievous Bird Grasshopper is still larger than most other Orthopterans. Populations in its northern and southern ranges show minor physical differences. The southern populations can overwinter as adults and are active longer thanks to the warmer temperatures.
They are brown though some individuals have hints of orange or red in them. Small dots or speckles cover the body. Nymphs (juveniles) have shorter wings than adults, which extend the length of the abdomen. Wings will become longer after each instar (molting phase). They are part of a group of grasshoppers called bird grasshoppers because they fly so well. Some species in this genus are known pests to crops and/or ornamental plants like hibiscus.
Scientific Name: Schistocerca damnifica
Other Name(s): Mischievous Grasshopper
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 47mm (0.98in to 1.83in)
Colors: orange, brown
Descriptors: jumping, dots, speckles, slender, thin, long
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