Bug of the Week: Two-Striped Grasshopper

BOTW“The two striped grasshopper (Melanoplus bivattus) is widely distributed across North America. It is found throughout urban and rural habitats. When it reaches high densities this species may inflict agricultural damage. Its name comes from the two yellow dorsal stripes that run along the length of its body”

This is a species we grew up chasing all over the place. Like other orthoptera (crickets and grasshoppers), this species goes through incomplete metamorphosis: where a smaller grasshopper gets larger with each moult, eventually ending up with fully-functioning wings. My siblings and I grew up calling this species the ‘Big Mama’ grasshopper. Still a little unsure as to why that became a thing. But whenever I see this species, I think immediately ‘Big Mama’.

Paul

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