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Short-winged Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis)



Short-winged Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis), a State Special Concern grasshopper, has been found in grasses less than knee high, pastures, fields, roadsides, marginal wooded areas, lakesides, and pond sides.

State status

Status and Natural Heritage Inventory documented occurrences in Wisconsin

The table below provides information about the protected status - both state and federal - and the rank (S and G Ranks) for Short-winged Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis). See the Working List Key for more information about abbreviations. Counties shaded blue have documented occurrences for this species in the Wisconsin Natural Heritage Inventory database. The map is provided as a general reference of where occurrences of this species meet NHI data standards and is not meant as a comprehensive map of all observations.

Note: Species recently added to the NHI Working List may temporarily have blank occurrence maps.

Documented locations of Dichromorpha viridis in the Natural Heritage Inventory Database as of July 2015.
Summary Information
State StatusSC/N
Federal Status in Wisconsinnone
State RankS2S3
Global RankG5
Tracked by NHIY

Species guidance

Identification: Medium-sized grasshopper, body color is green and/or brown. Females may be unicolorous but the male dorsum is usually lighter than the sides. Head strongly slanted; wings usually do not reach to end of abdomen.

Similar Species: Female Chloealtis conspersa is usually more speckled and brown.

Habitat: Woodland edges on more mesic soils, mesic and dry-mesic prairie.

State Distribution: In counties at or below the Tension Zone.

Global Distribution: Eastern half of United States as well as central and eastern Mexico (Otte, 1981).

Phenology: Adults July through October.

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Short-winged Grasshopper

Photo © Marci Hess.

Short-winged Grasshopper

Photo © Marci Hess.

Short-winged Grasshopper

Photo © Marci Hess.

Last revised: Tuesday, February 19, 2019