Other Common Names
American Grasshopper, American Locust
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Large, usually has creamy strip extending from head to forewings. Characteristically flies up and into trees when disturbed, behavior quite different from most other grasshoppers.
Prosternal spine thick, whitish, only slightly bending backward, not reaching the prosternum at all. Lateral lobes of pronotum with a large brown spot interrupted by a narrow whitish streak, dividing the spot into two. Costal field of tegmina with dark spots. Hind femora without dark bands on the dorsal face, but black marks may be present on the inner face.
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Somewhat migratory, in northern part of range may be immigrant only, not breeding.
Typically April-June and August-September. Adults overwinter, so sometimes seen late into fall and on warm winter days. July-November (Michigan).
Herbivore, feeds on a variety of grasses, forbs (non-grass herbs), and foliage of woody plants. It can be a pest of crops.
Unusual two generations per year: spring and early summer, plus late summer. Broods may overlap, however. (Some sources say there is a single, long-lived brood, with some overlap of generations in late summer.) Under favorable conditions, becomes gregarious, disperses in swarms.
Capinera et al., Grasshoppers of Florida
, pp. 121-122, plates 96-97 (2)
Capinera et al., Field Guide to Grasshoppers...
, pp. 144-145, plate 31 (3)
Helfer, p. 186, fig. 301 (4)
Milne, p. 425, fig. 263 (6)