Photo by Cam Schlappy

The Painted Grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor) uses its bright coloration and bold stripes to warn predators to avoid them. Adults are present in late summer and early autumn. These grasshoppers eat low growing forbs and rarely attack crops. They use the sun to regulate their body temperature. In the morning they can be found feeding in full sun. By midday, they have moved into the shadier areas and by the evening, they tend to be found roosting in brushes.