Grey Bird Grasshopper

Schistocerca nitens

This grasshopper is a powerful jumper, strong flier, and camouflaged to blend with the ground at rest. It also is a prolific breeder and distantly related to the African migratory ‘locusts’ that sometimes form large destructive swarms. No wonder it has been so successful in our bird-eat-bug world!

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: World of the Insect
life expectancyLife Expectancy: 4 months
ecological roleEcological Role: Herbivore
habitatHabitat: Lowland desert
dietDiet: Plants