Feeding patterns in grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae): Factors influencing diet specialization

  title={Feeding patterns in grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae): Factors influencing diet specialization},
  author={Anthony Joern},
Diets of grasshopper species from two arid grassland communities in Trans-Pecos, Texas, were determined by gut analysis. Species-specific food plant choice and niche breadths are presented for each of these species. As a group, grasshoppers range from monophagous to polyphagous feeders although most species fall in the oligophagous to polyphagous group. Phylogenetic constraints are evident such that gomphocerinae are primarily grass feeders while melanoplinae feed predominantly on forbs; the… CONTINUE READING


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