Grasshoppers are plant-eating insects with long hind legs. They are related to crickets and locusts. Grasshoppers can be
up to 50 millimetres (2 inches) long, and are easily seen during the day.
Grasshoppers can be found in most places where there is warmth and an abundance of food plants. Of the many species of grasshoppers
in Alberta, only three are pests in farmlands and gardens.
Depending on weather conditions, there is always the possibility of a grasshopper plague in Alberta. However, a grasshopper
plague would not cause as much damage as some of the locust plagues that occur in other parts of the world.
Updated: Apr 8, 2009