Differential Grasshoppers

Differential Grasshopper

Differential Grasshopper

The differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis is common in Indiana this year. Some years populations can become large and reach pest status. They are not restricted to the countryside and commonly seen in vacant urban lots with tall vegetation.

As in many species of grasshoppers, the male is much smaller than the female. Both male and female have distinctive chevrons on their hind femurs. The chevrons are part of the cryptic coloration. The grasshoppers are easy to spot when they fly but quickly disappear when they land in the weeds. One of the favorite foods of this grasshopper is the sunflower.

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Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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