Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide


Melanoplus differentialis
(differential grasshopper)



Melanoplus differentialis (differential grasshopper)


  • Last modified
  • 22 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Vector of Plant Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Melanoplus differentialis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • differential grasshopper
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Melanoplus differentialis Thomas

Preferred Common Name

  • differential grasshopper

Other Scientific Names

  • Caloptenus differentialis

EPPO code

  • MENPDI (Melanoplus differentialis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Orthoptera
  •                         Family: Acrididae
  •                             Genus: Melanoplus
  •                                 Species: Melanoplus differentialis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

North America

United StatesPresent
-South DakotaPresent

South America


Distribution Database Table

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Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, 2001. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Beauveria bassiana Pathogen Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Entomophaga grylli Pathogen Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Epicauta pilme Parasite Eggs
Malamoeba locustae Pathogen
Mermis nigrescens Parasite Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Nomuraea rileyi Pathogen Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Nosema locustae Pathogen Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs
Rickettsiella grylli Pathogen Adults; Arthropods|Nymphs

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