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Schistocerca americana


They are found all over the world. There are more than 1,000 kinds of grasshoppers just in the U.S.


They live in fields, yards, farms and on roadsides.

Body Traits

They can be green, yellow-brown body and wings with large back legs for jumping, though they come in all shapes, colors and sizes.


They can fly and will fly short distances to escape predators. Some fly a long ways.


They eat plants, so are garden and farm pests.

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Females lay eggs in the soil in foam that makes them stick together into a “pod.”



Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class:     Insecta
Order:     Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Family: Acrididae
Genus:     Schistocerca
Species: S. americana

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