Migratory Grasshopper (Melanoplus sanguinipes)

Migratory Grasshopper (Melanoplus sanguinipes) © Denis Doucet (iNaturalist)

The Migratory Grasshopper is widely distributed in North America, from sea level to mountain and alpine zones. It can be found in just about every type of habitat: It is a common inhabitant of grasslands and meadows, sage-brush plains, old fields, roadsides, boggy areas, woods margins, forest clearings, cultivated fields, and lawns.

The Migratory Grasshopper feeds on both grasses and forbs and is a serious pest of both crops and grasslands. It causes more crop damage than any other species of grasshopper in the United States.

Conservation Status

Global: G5


Adults begin to emerge the first part of summer and may continue for three or four weeks.

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Vermont Distribution

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