- "I caught a grasshopper! Seems it's hopped its last!"
The Grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis, is a fairly common bug that can be found hopping around on the ground between 7am and 8pm, between the months of July and September. It can be sold for 400 Bells.
An information board in the bug exhibit will provide information about this bug.
"Grasshoppers are known for their unique songs, but unlike crickets, it doesn't come from their wings. Rather, the chirping sound comes from their rubbing their legs together. They look like a thicker version of locusts, but some species of grasshoppers actually eat locusts."
In real life
The Differential Grasshopper is a species of grasshopper found throughout northern Mexico, central United States, and southern Ontario, Canada. It is most often found in heavily weeded areas and grasslands, they can even be spotted in vacant lots and other urban areas. This species is not migratory but can travel within a few miles to search for food. Adult males grow to 28–37 mm, while adult females grow to 34–50 mm. They are brownish or greenish and as they age the color will darken.
This grasshopper is considered a pest in most of its range. The young will feed upon various grains, alfalfa and hay crops while the adults will attack the corn, cotton and fruit crops. A single swarm can often deplete a younger crop to nothing in a matter of a few days. Because this species has a tendency to stay in large swarms while eating, it is a serious issue for farmers.