Dynamics of two Montana grasshopper populations: relationships among weather, food abundance and intraspecific competition

@article{Belovsky1995DynamicsOT,
  title={Dynamics of two Montana grasshopper populations: relationships among weather, food abundance and intraspecific competition},
  author={Gary E. Belovsky and Jennifer B. Slade},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={1995},
  volume={101},
  pages={383-396}
}
The population dynamics of two grasshoppers (Melanoplus femurrubrum and M. sanguinipes) were studied using experimental microcosms over 8 years at a Palouse prairie site in Montana. Grasshopper density, survival and reproduction in the experimental populations responded in a density-dependent fashion to natural and experimental changes in food availability for all grasshopper developmental stages, both within and between all years. We observed that field populations of the grasshoppers at the… CONTINUE READING