Image Number: 1402130

Grasshoppers [various species including the differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis (Thomas) and southern red-legged grasshopper are ¾ to 1 inch long. They are greenish-gray to olive-green or reddish-brown with a yellowish underside. The hind tibiae are red with black spines. The differential grasshopper is 1½ to 2-inches long with a shiny, brownish-yellow color and black V-shaped marks on the outer face of the yellow femur. Immatures (nymphs) are similar but lack fully developed wings. Grasshoppers damage tobacco by chewing ragged holes in the leaves. Most species prefer other plants but will eat tobacco if their food supply is inadequate. Grasshoppers often migrate into tobacco fields from hay fields, pastures, and old fields, especially when populations are high during droughts and following hay mowing or other habitat modifications.
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Atelocerata
Class: Hexapoda (including Insecta)
Infraclass: Neoptera
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Orthoptera
Family: N/A
Subject: grasshoppers


Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Asteridae
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
Subject: Nicotiana tabacum (flue-cured type) L.
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Image uploaded:
Sunday, March 10, 2002
Image last updated:
Friday, May 6, 2011