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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Grasshopper (Acrididae): Host plant associations: response of grasshopper populations to cattle grazing intensity
Year: 1982
Author(s): Capinera, J. L., Sechrist, T. S.
Source Title: Canadian Entomologist
Source Type: Journal
pages: 1055-1062
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Grasshopper populations were monitored for 2 years in six differentially grazed pastures of native shortgrass prairie, and correlated with floral biomass in these pastures. Total numbers of grasshoppers were significantly higher in high biomass pastures (ungrazed or lightly grazed by cattle), while numbers of grasshoppers in the subfamily Oedipodinae were significantly higher in low biomass pastures (moderately or heavily grazed). It would seem possible to modify grasshopper abundance through regulation of cattle grazing intensity, but changes in abundance would also be accompanied by shifts in the grasshopper species complex.