Mischievous Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca damnifica)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Mischievous Bird Grasshopper.
Updated: 10/27/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.