Northern Green-striped Grasshopper
Location: Calgary, AB
Date: May 25, 2005
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Common Name:  Northern Green-striped Grasshopper

Latin Name:  Chortophaga viridifasciata (De Geer, 1773)
                        (D.L. Johnson, det.)

Length:  18 - 29 mm

Range: Southern 1/2 of Alberta

Habitat:  Areas with mid-grasses & meadows

Time of year seen:  Late May to mid-July (Additional Sightings)

Diet: Grasses, specifically succulents

Other:  The Northern Green-striped Grasshopper is found across Canada.  It is a color dimorphic species being either tan or green.  The tan phase appears to be more common in males.  Adults of this grasshoppers are among the first to be seen in the spring.  They typically appear late in May and are mostly gone by the end of June.  This species is not a pest in Alberta, however in some rare cases it can reach pest numbers in Ontario and other eastern parts of Canada. (Vickery et al, 1985 & D.L. Johnson, 2005). 


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