Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus confusus)

Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper (Melanoplus confusus) © Mathew L. Brust (iNaturalist)

The range of the Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper includes the northeastern to the western states of the U.S. and along the southern edge of Canadian Provinces.

It lives in open upland pastures and old fields overgrown with coarse grasses, and dry roadsides, usually on sandy soils, often on hillsides covered with short grass.  The Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper is active in the day, when it dines on forbs and grasses, and is inactive at night.

Conservation Status

Global: G5


Nymphs of the Pasture Spur-throat Grasshopper are found from early May to late June, and adults in late spring and early summer (mid-June to mid-August).

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Vermont Distribution

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