23-38 mm (males 23-30, females 28-38) Green and brown phases. Females usually green, males usually brown. Wings faint yellow when spread, smoky towards tip. Strong pronotal ridge. Green (or brown) stripe near the border of front wings. Nymphs overwinter. Active in early spring and into summer. Often the first grasshopper seen in spring. Two generations per year in south. Favored foods vary by location, but the greenstriped has cosmopolitan tastes in grasses, known to feed on Kentucky bluegrass, foxtail barley, western wheatgrass, quackgrass, little bluestem, junegrass, needleleaf sedge, Penn sedge, and forbs European sticktight and annual sowthistle
Areas with mid-grasses & meadows
Both the green and brown morph are shown here.