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Northern Green-striped Grasshopper Nymph

Hard as it is to believe with half a foot of snow remaining in the woods, this northern green-striped grasshopper (Chortophaga viridifasciata) was hopping around in the dry grass of a south-facing field in Hartland, Vermont yesterday.   Most grasshoppers overwinter as eggs.  They hatch in the spring, and the immature grasshopper nymphs look like miniature versions of their parents, except they lack wings and sexual organs. Northern green-striped grasshoppers, however, overwinter as nymphs in the northeast, which is why the one in the photograph is as large as it is (1/2-inch) this early in the season.  (This grasshopper is one of the “band-winged grasshoppers,” which typically possess bands, or stripes, on their wings, as does the adult northern green-striped grasshopper.)

2 responses

  1. I am in the Rochester NY area. I saw one of these grasshopper nymphs last year on New Year’s Day! It was a relatively warm rainy day and I noticed him in a pile of leaf litter in our back yard. I’m glad to have this extra info…now I know it must have been a green-striped grasshopper nymph.

    I was also excited to find some milkweed beetles yesterday. They were walking around in the dry leaves on the ground near where the milkweed stalks usually grow at the edge of the woods. They knew I was watching them and scurried under the leaves. I really wanted to get a photo of them but did not want to lift the leaves and disturb them.

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    March 13, 2012 at 12:24 am

    • That’s so interesting that you saw red milkweed beetles already. I believe they overwinter as larvae underground, and pupate in the spring — this must be some sort of record for them!

      March 13, 2012 at 3:16 am

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