American Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca americana)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: American Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca americana)

Robust grasshopper which flies when disturbed. Can be a pest, but there are natural enemies, including birds, fly larvae and blister beetles some of which paratize adults, while others eat the grasshopper eggs. Also killed by the fungus Entomophaga grylli.

This guy was hanging out in some Dogfennel.




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