Grasshoppers have long, powerful hind legs used for jumping. They overwinter as eggs laid in soft soil by the females, and emerge as nymphs in early summer. The nymphs, which generally look like miniature adults, grow and develop in 5 stages called “instars”. As they develop, grasshoppers first feed on weedy plant species. Later they may move on to crops, where they can do considerable damage, and where spraying is often used to control that damage. With one or two exceptions, these grasshoppers are difficult to identify from photographs alone.

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