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Mischievous Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca damnifica)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Mischievous Bird Grasshopper



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



Updated: 08/23/2019; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
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.




General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Acrididae
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          Genus: Schistocerca
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            Species: damnifica
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Schistocerca damnifica
Other Name(s): Mischievous Grasshopper
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 25mm to 47mm (0.98" to 1.85")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange, brown
Descriptors: jumping, dots, speckles, slender, thin, long
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 25mm and 47mm
Lo: 25mm
Md: 36mm
Hi: 47mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Mischievous Bird Grasshopper may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Mischievous Bird Grasshopper. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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