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Data From: Influence of cold temperature and exposure time on egg overwintering survival in the white-whiskered grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae)

posted on 2024-02-15, 17:39 authored by David H. Branson

Data are from a laboratory experiment conducted to examine the effects of cold temperatures on egg survival of Ageneotettix deorum, the white-whiskered grasshopper which is a common rangeland pest species in the Northern Great Plains region.

Abstract from published manuscript:
The effect of cold temperatures and exposure time on egg survival and hatching success were examined in the white-whiskered grasshopper, Ageneotettix deorum. Temperature treatments ranged from 4°C to -35°C, with treatment times ranging from 48 to 240 hours. Both decreasing temperatures and exposure time negatively affected egg survival, with a temperature below -25°C being lethal. Similar lethal temperatures are known for several North American grasshopper species. The relatively shallow location of A. deorum egg pods would result in increased vulnerability of eggs to cold temperatures in the absence of snow.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource title: Column descriptions for Winter Egg Survival and Daily Hatch File name: Column Heading Winter Egg Survival and Hatch Count.xlsx

  • Resource title: Ageneotettix deorum hatch survival File name: Winter Egg Survival.xlsx Resource description: The data are total numbers of hatched and unhatched eggs at 3 significant temperatures (4, -20, and -25 degrees Celsius).

  • Resource title: Daily Hatch File name: Hatch Count.xlsx Resource description: The data are the daily hatch count for egg pods held at the various time and temperature parameters.


USDA-ARS: 3032-22000-019-000D


Data contact name

Branson, David

Data contact email


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Intended use

Data quantify the egg survivorship and mortality at different cold temperatures in a laboratory setting.

Use limitations

This is a laboratory experiment intended to assess the impacts of winter temperatures on egg mortality of one grasshopper species. The data may not reflect survivorship in field settings as it does not take into account other field variables, or differences between grasshopper species.

Temporal Extent Start Date



  • Not specified

Geographic Coverage


Geographic location - description

Laboratory experiment conducted at Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory, Sidney, Montana, United States of America; Grasshoppers were collected from Little Missouri National Grasslands, North Dakota, United States of America

ISO Topic Category

  • biota
  • environment

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

cold; temperature; exposure duration; eggs; overwintering; grasshoppers; Ageneotettix deorum; pests; egg masses; survival rate

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 304

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Branson, David H. (2023). Data From: Influence of cold temperature and exposure time on egg overwintering survival in the white-whiskered grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae). Ag Data Commons.

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