Aptly named, these large grasshoppers have a pair of pale yellow stripes running along the top of the body from above the eyes to the hind tip of the wings. Their eggs survive the winter, with the nymphs hatching by late April to early May. They are polyphagous—meaning they are capable of eating a wide variety of food and will cannibalize their own kind in times of food shortage. We received some great shots of the different stages …and even one in the process of molting!

Photo by: Jen Marangelo on 8/15/21 near Condon, MT

Photos by: Lisa Ann Cloo on 8/15/21 in Clinton, MT

Photo by: Kimberly Spence on 8/14/21 in Stevensville, MT