Sphenarium purpurascens

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Sphenarium purpurascens
Sphenarium purpurascens.jpg
Chapulín de la milpa (Sphenarium purpurascens)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Suborder: Caelifera
Family: Pyrgomorphidae
Genus: Sphenarium
Species: S. purpurascens
Binomial name
Sphenarium purpurascens
Charpentier, 1842

Sphenarium purpurascens minimum Bruner, L. 1906
Sphenarium purpurascens purpurascens Charpentier, 1842

Sphenarium purpurascens (Spanish: Chapulín de milpa and Portuguese: Gafanhoto-do-milho, i.e., corn-field grasshopper), is a grasshopper species in the genus Sphenarium found in Mexico and Guatemala.

The harvesting of the grasshoppers in Mexico for human consumption can be a way for managing pest outbreaks.[1] Such strategies allow decreased use of pesticide and create a source of income for farmers totaling nearly $3000 per family[according to whom?].


  1. ^ Harvesting grasshoppers Sphenarium purpurascens in Mexico for human consumption: A comparison with insecticidal control for managing pest outbreaks. René Cerritos and Zenón Cano-Santana, Crop Protection, March–May 2008, Volume 27, Issues 3–5, Pages 473–480, doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2007.08.001

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