Grasshoppers

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Other Photos: 
feaured_photo_co: 
A.M. Varela, icipe
Is this a Minor Pest?: 
Yes
Minor Pest Title: 

Grasshoppers

Minor Pest Description: 

Grasshoppers are long, slender, winged insects with powerful hind legs and strong mandibles, or mouthparts, adapted for chewing. They range from 1-10 cm in length. They have a front pair of rigid wings and a hind pair of larger, membranous wings, often brightly coloured. When the wings are at rest, the hind pair folds and is covered by the front pair. The rear legs are well developed and usually have sharp spines. Grasshoppers are variable colour; but many are green or brown.

 

Many grasshoppers lay eggs in pods in the ground, preferably in bare soil; others lay eggs in plant tissue or in crevices. Immature stages are similar to adults but have shorts or no wings. Some grasshoppers have short antenna (short-horned) and other long antenna (long-horned). Grasshoppers can jump well and most of them can fly long distances.

 

Most grasshoppers are plant-eaters, but some long-horned grasshoppers are predatory with spiny front legs adapted for grasping prey. Grasshoppers feed on okra, eating chunks from the leaves, and stems of young shoots. They can be a problem at the seedling stage, but usually they do not cause damage to older plants.

 

Minor Pest What to do.: 
  • Natural enemies are birds, frogs, parasitic wasps
  • Use of chilli spray
Minor Pest Position: 
4
Minor Pest Firstcontent: 
115
Pest Type: 
insect
Host Plants: 
Okra