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Grasshoppers of Wyoming and the West


Wyoming Toothpick Grasshopper

Paropomala wyomingensis (Thomas)


Paropomala wyomingensis, the Wyoming toothpick grasshopper, is a common grasshopper in the shortgrass prairies of eastern Wyoming. Its populations diminish in the mixedgrass prairie of the northeast and in the deserts of the southwest. The eggs overwinter in the soil. Adults are present from mid July to early September. It feeds on many species of grass including western wheatgrass, grama grasses, and needle and thread grass. It is rarely abundant but could damage rangeland forage in conjunction with other species.
Ref: Otte 1981, and Capinera and Sechrist 1982.

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