A Field Guide to the Prairie

grasshopper
Grasshopper
Orthoptera
Length: .5 to 4 inches (1-10 cm)
Habitat/Range: Grasshoppers occur throughout the continental United States. Extensive grasshopper damage, however, is confined primarily to subhumid, semiarid areas of the country from Montana and Minnesota southward into New Mexico and Texas. Approximately 600 species of grasshoppers are found in the United States.

Grasshoppers are long, slender, winged insects with powerful hind legs and strong mandibles, or mouthparts, adapted for chewing. They have a front pair of rigid wings and a hind pair of larger, membranous wings, often brightly colored.

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