Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus)

Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus punctulatus) © Nicholas Collins (iNaturalist)

The Grizzly Spur-throat Grasshopper is found in eastern and central North America. Compared to other grasshoppers it is less often seen due to its habits, which are more arboreal than those of other species. It is found in forests and oak savannah and is fond of coniferous trees, especially pines.

Its markings are such that it blends in with tree bark and is easily overlooked. Morse describes it as “a sluggish grasshopper, crawling rather than leaping, relying largely upon its protective coloration to escape notice, and it may usually be picked up by hand before taking alarm.” (Morse, 1920).

Also called Pine Tree Spur-throat Grasshopper.

Conservation Status

Global: G5


Adults are generally seen July – November though in warmer southern areas the season may be later.

iNaturalist shows observations May – December with the bulk occurring July – November and peaking in August and September.

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