Admirable Grasshopper

Syrbula admirabilis
Family

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

Description

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.

Size

Length: to 1 1/2 inches (males), to 2 1/4 inches (females)

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female admirable grasshoppers are green.
Admirable Grasshopper, Female

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Image of a male admirable grasshopper.
Admirable Grasshopper (Male)
Admirable grasshopper (male)
Habitat and conservation

This species prefers dry, grassy, weedy areas, especially disturbed places.

Foods

Adults and nymphs both feed on a wide variety of grasses and seeds.

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Distribution in Missouri

Statewide.

Status

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.