This flashy critter appeared in Belize. Any ideas? Thanks much!
Other than this being a Grasshopper and that it is probably immature since it doesn’t have fully developed wings, we don’t have any idea. When we have time, we will try to research the topic more, and perhaps one of our readers will write in with the answer. It sure is a pretty Grasshopper.
The striped grasshopper from Belize is indeed a nymph. I would say definitely genus Tropidacris, possibly T. collaris. Tropidacris dux and Tropidacris cristata are species I’m not quite as familiar with, but I think this nymph looks like T. collaris. Hope this helps.
Hi Daniel: Thanks for the quick and kind replies. I have sent a number of messages over the past year and have not previously received any responses (I suspect email issues on my end). While I have your attention I thought I would resend the message below, originally sent in response to Cecilia Carr’s query. There’s a good photo of T.dux nymphs [here].
I am sending this in response to Cecilia Carr’s query (now posted on the Grasshopper2 page). I had the good fortune to visit Belize twice in the past year. Last March my wife spotted several clusters of these juvenile grasshoppers, apparently bedding down for the night in a dieffenbachia patch. Despite my best efforts I was not able to identify them in the months following our trip. When we retuned for a Christmas trip I went straight to the same patch of plants but was unable to relocate any of the strange little creatures. The large adults pictured were, however, quite numerous. I believe the large grasshoppers were of the curiously named species ‘giant brown cricket’ (Tropidacris dux), which are well represented on your site. Subsequent digging has led me to believe that the two are different life stages of the same species, despite their dramatically different appearance. Thanks.