With tattered wings and a broken hind leg, this differential grasshopper was still alive on December 8. On this date I found two grasshoppers in my yard north of Ames. They had survived several hard frosts in October and then continued to beat the odds through a relatively mild November. Maybe this should come as no surprise because 2001 was a very unusual insect year in Iowa, with a variety of pest problems rarely experienced.
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Rice, Marlin E., "Grasshoppers in December" (2001). Integrated Crop Management News. 1922.
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