Admirable Grasshopper

Syrbula admirabilis
Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers) in the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers, katydids, crickets)

Males and females look very different from each other. The females are a bright, clear green and tan, and the males are brown or tan with blackish and pale yellow markings. This species has a very slanted face and long hindlegs. Males are expert fliers, whereas females are weak fliers and prefer to hop.

Length: to 1 1/2 inches (males), to 2 1/4 inches (females)
Habitat and conservation: 
This species prefers dry, grassy, weedy areas, especially disturbed places.
Adults and nymphs both feed on a wide variety of grasses and seeds.
Distribution in Missouri: 
Stable to abundant.
Life cycle: 
Mating occurs in late summer or early fall. Eggs are deposited in masses in the soil, where they overwinter until the following spring.
Human connections: 
These grasshoppers can sometimes occur in large densities but because they don’t confine themselves to particular types of plants and prefer disturbed areas, they are rarely significantly destructive to crops, rangeland or gardens.
Ecosystem connections: 
They are an important component in the food chain and provide nutrition to much of Missouri’s wildlife.
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