Friday Felow: Hooded Grasshopper

by Piter Kehoma Boll

There are many curious animals all over the world, and several are often seen in magazines or blogs due to their unusual looks. Unfortunately, they are not well-studied organisms, despite their attractiveness.

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Little green riding hood. Photo by Krishna Khan Amravati*

One of such animals is the hooded grasshopper, Teratodes monticollis. Native to Sri Lanka and India, it has a nice green color and an expansion on its pronotum (the upper portion of the first segment of the thorax) that resembles a hood, hence the name. The border of the hood is marked by a nice yellow stripe, making it even more beautiful.

Despite its beauty, however, the hooded grasshopper is not a lovely insect. It is known as a pest that attacks the sandalwood, feeding on its leaves. Nevertheless, I could not find any work on the ecology or the management of this peculiar creature. There is much to be done.

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References:

Nayeem, R.; Usmani, K. 2012. Taxonomy and field observations of grasshopper and locust fauna (Orthoptera: Acridoidea) of Jharkhand, India. Munis Entomology & Zoology 7(1): 391–417.

Remadevi, O. K.; Nagaveni, H. C.; Muthukrishnan, R. 2005. Pests and diseases of sandalwood plants in nurseries and their management. Working Paper of the Finnish Forest Research Institute 11: 69–76.

Wikipedia. Teratodes monticollis. Available at: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teratodes_monticollis >. Access on June 8, 2016.

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