Until now it has not been possible to accurately identify grasshoppers in Florida, and their fascinating biology was unavailable to all but specialists. This first field guide to the grasshoppers of Florida introduces one of the most obvious and important, though little appreciated, insect groups. It provides identification of the 70 species known to occur in Florida and may be used in other southeastern states where many of these grasshoppers are also found. The authors present the biology, behavior, ecological significance, and damage potential of grasshoppers and emphasize their interrelationship with Florida's fauna. A straightforward, detailed description of each species is accompanied by a distribution map. Nearly all species are pictured in color, and detailed line drawings help distinguish among those more difficult to identify. Grasshoppers of Florida will be invaluable to amateur naturalists, students of entomology and natural history, and professional biologists.
John L. Capinera is professor and chair of the Department of Entomology and Nematology at the University of Florida and is the author of more than 100 scientific publications. Clay W. Scherer is an entomologist with Syngenta Crop Protection, Vero Beach, Florida. Jason M. Squitier is an entomologist with the U.S. Army in Atlanta, Georgia.