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    Mischievous Bird Grasshopper - (Schistocerca damnifica)

    Mischievous Bird Grasshoppers are strong fliers with large bodies, and may also fly in swarms like their avian namesake .

    Staff Writer (10/27/2017): 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.

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    Mischievous Bird Grasshopper

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Mischievous Bird Grasshopper
    Scientific Name: Schistocerca damnifica
    Other Names: Mischievous Grasshopper

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Acrididae
           Genus: Schistocerca
            Species: damnifica

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 47mm (0.98in to 1.85in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, brown

    Additional Descriptors: jumping, dots, speckles, slender, thin, long

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maryland; Mississippi; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia; Mexico

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