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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: Grasshopper densities on grazed and ungrazed rangeland under drought conditions in southern Idaho
Year: 1995
Author(s): Fielding, D. J., Brusven, M.
Source Title: Great Basin Naturalist
Source Type: Journal
pages: 352-358
Original Publication: http://  
Abstract: Low-density grasshopper populations were sampled at 15 pails of rangeland sites in south central Idaho. One site of each pair had not been grazed by livestock for at least 10 years. Crazed sites were managed under normal grazing regimes established by the Bureau of Land Management. Mean grasshopper density was higher on ungrazed sites than on grazed sites. Proportions of Melanoplus sanguinipes were higher on ungrazed sites than on grazed sites and were higher on annual grasslands than on other vegetation types. Effects of grazing appeared to be independent of vegetation type. Proportions of Gomphocerinae, a subfamily of grasshoppers that feeds almost exclusively on grasses, were affected by vegetation type, but not grazing. Crested wheatgrass seedings supported the highest proportions of Gomphocerinae. Proportions of Oedipodinae were affected. by grazing and vegetation type. Higher proportions of Oedipodinae were found on grazed sites than on ungrazed sites, and on sagebrush/grass sites than on annual grasslands. Results indicate that livestock grazing during drought conditions Lends to reduce grasshopper populations on southern Idaho rangeland.