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Two-Striped Grasshopper. There are 10,000 species of grasshoppers and they occur worldwide, especially in warm areas. They are found on the ground and among vegetation, and many are agricultural pests. Most grasshoppers have camouflage coloring and pattering, however some have brighter colors (and produce noxious chemicals) which serve as a warning to other animals (McGavin 24). . This is a two-striped grasshopper. When younger, they will have a pink, yellow, brown or green coloring. "Nymphs are active from early May to early July and adults are active from early June to September. Found in a wide variety of habitats feeding on grasses and broadleaf plants, especially composites and crucifers" (Univ. of Minnesota Extension Center).

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