Insects Grasshoppers and Crickets

Mormon cricket (top) and twostriped grasshopper (bottom)

Grasshoppers and Crickets

These insects are up to 50 mm long with large head and eyes, short antennae, and hind legs enlarged for jumping. Color is variable from tan to black. They feed on all above-ground plant parts of several crops and can cause defoliation in heavy infestations. They are most prevalent in farming areas adjacent to rangeland or wasteland. Host plants: potatoes, alfalfa, cereals, beans, mint, peas, sugarbeets.