The differential grasshopper is relatively large. Coloration can vary somewhat and may be green, brownish green, or olive green. The femurs of the hind legs have a black herringbone pattern, and the tibias are usually yellow with black saw-toothed spikes.
Learn more about our other short-horned grasshoppers in their group entry.
Habitat and Conservation
At times, differential grasshoppers occur in large enough populations to cause severe damage to agricultural crops. Remember, however, that one of their favored food plants is giant ragweed, a big cause of late-summer hay fever!
These grasshoppers are a favorite bait for anglers.