juvenile grasshopper clings to a stem. Photo by Jeff Mitton
Key to Juvenile Grasshoppers
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Melanoplus packardii

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About this key

During the first years of the current resurvey project, it became clear that to document the time at which grasshoppers first hatch, enter their different developmental stages, juveniles collected in the field had to be correctly identified. Unlike adult grasshoppers, for which identification keys and descriptions exist, little is known about how a given grasshopper species looks as a juvenile. This key provides juvenile characteristics of a diverse group of grasshoppers in the genus Melanoplus that are commonly found in Colorado. In the future, we hope expand this juvenile key to include more Melanoplus species and other grasshopper subfamilies.

The Australian department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, provides helpful insight into determining the developmental stage of grasshoppers.

For a tutorial on how to use the key, helpful vocabulary terms, and a useful key to adult grasshoppers we recommend the Lucid key to identifying Adult grasshoppers.




Taxonomic Matrix Scoring

Alizabeth Moore

Character State Design, Photography & Graphics Editing:
Alizabeth Moore
Cesar Nufio, PhD

Illustrations and photographs
Alizabeth Moore and Gerald M. Fauske

Fact Sheets
Dr. Robert Pfadt

Web Design
Leigh Anne McConnaughey



Pfadt, Robert E. 1986. Key to Wyoming grasshoppers: Acrididae and Tetrigidae. Mimeo circular 210. Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Wyoming. Laramie, WY.

Pfadt, Robert E. 1994. Field guide to common western grasshoppers. Second edition, Bulletin 912. Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY.



Internet Links

Australian Government Department of Agrculture, Fisheries and Forestry  

Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory  

University of Wyoming