Pest Type: Insect

Damage to Plant: If the insects descend in hordes, they’ll eat plants to the ground, but individual grasshoppers are a threat only to young plants.

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Also called locusts, the dozens of grasshopper species differ in size, color, and markings- but all flourish in areas with long, hot, dry summers.

Life Cycle: The insects usually overwinter as yellowish eggs in the soil or on weeds. Nymphs hatch out early in spring and begin to feed, molting five or six times before reaching adulthood. Most species produce one generation a year.

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