Beware of the Devastating Grasshopper.  

Upon hearing the word devastating most people immediately think of earthquakes, hurricanes, and explosions. It’s safe to say that a grasshopper doesn’t cross anyone’s mind when they’re thinking of devastating events or organisms. However Melanoplus devastator, which is commonly known as the devastating grasshopper, may change your idea on what is considered to be devastating. This species of insect was responsible for destroying millions of acres of rangeland in the mid-1950s (Martin et al. 2012). It continues to damage crops, gardens, and vineyards today by consuming everything in its path and migrating into new conquests (Bentley and Philips 1992). To learn more about how the devastating grasshopper interacts with and affects its environment, go to Interactions.

Use with permission 2014Would you like to know more about the habitat of the devastating grasshopper? Check out Habitat to find out what it needs to survive.



To learn more about Classification and taxonomy of the grasshopper, click the link and find out how it is related to other organisms you know.



If you are interested in the unique way these organisms reproduce and what these insects look like in the wild, check out the Reproduction  page on the website.

This organism has adapted to become its own unique and special species, if you want to find out about more of these adaptions check out the Form and Function section!

If you still want more, check out the Facts page to find out more interesting things about this majestic creature.

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