Friday, 28 October 2016

Differential Grasshopper - Melanoplus Differentialis

Differential grasshopperMelanoplus differentialis, is one of the largest of grasshopper species,
 at 1 ½" - 1 ¾" long. They are yellow to green colored and have distinct chevron markings on the femur of its jumping leg.

I found this differential grasshopper resting on my Mulberry plant.  I took a picture of it and was lucky to get a closer look at it.  It has a unique color...yellow body with green spots on its body. I googled for its name and it says it is a differential grasshopper.  It rested a while and it flew off.  Thank God that it flew away after half an hour.  I can't kill a grasshopper anyway :p and thankfully, it did not eat up the leaves of my mulberry plant and the berries were not touched too .

Damage  excerpt taken from here
Both adult and nymph stages of grasshoppers damage plants by chewing holes in the leaves. They will also feed on flowers and fruit. They are voracious feeders, consuming approximately one-half of their body weight per day. Eventually they will eat the whole leaf, and in some cases, the entire plant.
Grasshoppers feed on both grasses and broadleaf plants, which includes many edible garden and ornamental plants. Adults usually move into yards and gardens in July and August.