Carolina grasshopper

(Dissosteira carolina)

Conservation Status
Carolina grasshopper
Photo by Alfredo Colon
  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
  NatureServe

N5 - Secure

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

 

 
     
 

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Nymph Food

 
 

Shoots and other easily digested parts of the same plants that adults feed on.

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Plant material including grasses, forbs, and horsetails.

 
     
 

Pests and Diseases

 
 

Entomophaga grylli is a fungal species complex that kills grasshoppers. It is one of the most common and widespread diseases of grasshoppers. It causes the infected grasshopper to crawl to the top of a plant shortly before death. The grasshopper dies with its head pointed upward and its forelegs tightly wrapped around the plant stalk. These symptoms are unique to E. grylli. The dead grasshopper remains in there for several days. There are three generally recognized pathotypes, two of which are native to North America. Pathotype 1, E. macleodii infects grasshoppers in the subfamily Oedipodinae (band-winged grasshoppers). Pathotype 2, E. calopteni infects grasshoppers in the genus Melanoplus. Pathotype 3, E. praxibuli, is native to Australia and was introduced into North America. It infects both Oedipodinae and Melanoplus grasshoppers. Thus, it is not possible to determine in the field which fungus caused the grasshopper’s demise.

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

7, 19, 24, 27, 29, 30, 82.

 
  10/3/2020      
         
 

Occurrence

 
 

Very common

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)  
 

Suborder

Caelifera (grasshoppers)  
  Infraorder Acrididea  
 

No Rank

Acridomorpha  
 

Superfamily

Acridoidea  
 

Family

Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers)  
 

Subfamily

Oedipodinae (band-winged grasshoppers)  
 

Genus

Dissosteira  
       
 

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Common Names

 
 

black-winged grasshopper

Carolina grasshopper

road duster

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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Carolina Grasshopper
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Dissosteira carolina

They fly with huge black wings during the last half of summer and prefer bare ground. They are huge.

 
Dissosteira carolina (Carolina Grasshopper)
Allen Chartier
  Dissosteira carolina (Carolina Grasshopper)  
     

 

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  Carolina Grasshopper (Acrididae: Dissosteira carolina)
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Sep 13, 2009

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (13 September 2009).

 
  Carolina Grasshopper (Acrididae: Dissosteira carolina) Taking Flight
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (24 July 2009).

 
  Carolina Grasshopper (Acrididae: Dissosteira carolina) Camouflaged
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (30 July 2010).

 
  Carolina Grasshopper (Acrididae: Dissosteira carolina) Nymph
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2009

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (17 July 2009).

 
       

 

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8/5/2019

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Carolina grasshopper  
  Alfredo Colon
August 2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

Carolina grasshopper  
  Alfredo Colon
8/12/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

Carolina grasshopper  
           
 
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