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American Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca americana)

Order: Orthoptera (or-THOP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Schistocerca
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)


No positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Barling, Arkansas
Dade City, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Titusville, Florida
Wimauma, Florida
Spring, Texas
Hartford, Wisconsin

By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of American Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca americana) by Floridian

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By YeeFam

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By C_A_Ivy

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Member Notes:

Negative RamseyRanch On Apr 9, 2009, RamseyRanch from Wimauma, FL wrote:

This Grasshopper devours my vegetable garden. I'd like advice on how to prevent it from entering my garden ... preferrably by natural methods.

Neutral barbaroja On Dec 11, 2009, barbaroja from San Miguel de Allende
Mexico wrote:

If you want to control the American Bird Grasshopper (or any other grasshopper) using natural methods all you need to do is feed the birds. Many species of bird pursue grasshoppers. Cattle Egrets are probably the most voracious grasshopper predator, however mocking birds, robins, and crows also love grasshoppers.

Negative Kano296 On Jul 14, 2010, Kano296 from Dade City, FL wrote:

I first noticed this grasshopper in 2008 because there were so many of them. Last summer (2009) there were even more of them and this summer there are literally thousands of them! I can't walk anywhere around my property without getting hit by them. As you walk through the grass or when you're mowing, they're hitting you all over your body and they especially hurt when they hit you in the face. I'm becoming increasingly concerned because they seem to be reproducing at an alarming rate and don't appear to have any natural predators that I can see. We have many crows, cattle egrets and other birds but as far as I can tell, they're not touching them. I know that they have a pretty nasty taste to them because my dog won't even go after them anymore. I'm really afraid to see what next summer is going to be like because they're so bad right now, that you can't even walk outside without being bombarded by them. I wonder if there is anyone else out there who is as concerned as I am that they are going to be an even bigger problem in the future.

Neutral rebright On Jul 10, 2012, rebright from Titusville, FL wrote:

I capture and destroy them in a jar whenever I see them. Problem is, they eat amaryllis and other similar plant fronds so fast doing so much damage but I can't be looking for them all day long! Some years we have tons of baby sized ones, other years we don't see them until they are huge, like 3" long!

Is there an antidote like a saucer of honey or beer or something that would attract AND kill them?

Thank you

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