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Gray bird grasshopper (nymph)

Schistocerca nitens


This small grasshopper was found sitting on a metal rod.They are commonly found jumping in the grass and on shrubs.This one had a greenish teal color with some faint stripes on the legs.It was about 7 mm. long.The eyes were long and grey.


Semi-urban, Fort Worth, Texas.


This species is listed G5 on Nature Serve.It is a troublesome invasive species in Hawaii. This grasshopper is usually solitary, but it has been known to swarm as locusts. A particularly destructive swarming event occurred on the Hawaiian island of Nihoa in 2004, wiping out some 90% of the vegetation on the island. It was probably introduced to Hawaii several decades ago and then spread through the archipelago by flying; it has the ability to fly at least 300 miles across ocean.

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Spotted on May 12, 2020
Submitted on May 13, 2020

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