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Subject: Can you identify this Grasshopper please.
Location: Minnesota
September 20, 2016 7:56 am
Hello, we were outside at the zoo in Minnesota on 9-19-2016. It was very warm outside and we came across this Grasshopper which had what looked like larve on its back. It was very docile and allowed me to photograph it a few times. Help us solve our curiosity about this odd little critter.
Thanks for an awesome sight,
Signature: Adam Godes

Grasshopper with Fly Larvae

Injured Grasshopper with Eggs

Dear Adam,
This is not a healthy Grasshopper.  We believe it is a Spur-Throated Grasshopper from the subfamily Melanoplinae which is well represented on BugGuide.  The Grasshopper is definitely injured, as it is missing its hind legs, which are the legs used for jumping.  We believe that injury has led to this female Grasshopper’s Eggs being expelled through the wounds.  We have an image in our archives of an Obscure Bird Grasshopper that looks very similar.  We received a comment to that image from Brandon who wrote:  “so I found the same thing when I was feeding my turtle. Pulled off the legs of a grasshopper to feed him and out came these yellow ovals.  I believe them to be eggs too.”

Injured Grasshopper

Injured Grasshopper with Eggs

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Subject: Grasshoppers?
Location: Eastern Iowa
August 31, 2016 12:37 pm
I was wondering if you could help me identify which type of grasshoppers these are. Eastern Iowa, Johnson County parking lot in Iowa City on 8/29/2016.
Thank you!
Signature: des

Band-Winged Grasshoppers

Band-Winged Grasshoppers

Dear Des,
These are Band-Winged Grasshoppers in the subfamily Oedipodinae, and as you can see by browsing BugGuide, there are many species in the subfamily.  Band-Winged Grasshoppers get their common name which is descriptive of the underwings, that are hidden in your image.  The underwings are often brightly colored (red, orange, yellow and blue depending upon the species) with black bands.  When the grasshoppers fly, they attract attention because of the bright colors, but when they land, as in your image, they are camouflaged by the drab colors that hide the underwings.  Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a species name at this time.

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Subject: Grasshopper Needs a Name
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
August 24, 2016 11:59 am
While roaming around Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach, Florida, I found this grasshopper hanging out in the tall grass. He (or she) posed for several pictures and even waved to the camera! This natural area is full of American bird grasshoppers but I don’t think this grasshopper is from that family. Any ideas? Thanks for providing an awesome bug identification service – I always learn something new when I visit your site.
Signature: Ann Mathews

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear Ann,
We did not think that such a distinctive green Grasshopper with red antennae and blue tibiae would be that difficult to properly identify, but we were wrong.  After trying for some time on BugGuide, we decided to post it as unidentified and to elicit assistance from our readership.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

I’m with you on the “oh, this should be an easy critter to identify” mindset. When I got back to the office and saw I actually had some decent pictures of the grasshopper I thought it would be a piece of cake to do the identification. Hopefully someone seeing this post will be able to give this distinctive insect its proper name. Until then, I will call it Gerry the Grasshopper.
Ann Mathews
Palm Beach County
Department of Environmental Resources Management

Update:  Chortophaga viridifasciata australior
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we agree that this looks like it might be Chortophaga viridifasciata australior which is pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “The hind tibiae are brown or bluish green.”

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Subject: What’s kind of grasshopper
Location: Northern Nevada
August 4, 2016 5:40 pm
Found this grasshopper on my windshield then he hopped to ground. What kind is it, is it related to locust family? Thanx for ur reply.
Signature: C. Hartery

Red Shanked Grasshopper

Band-Winged Grasshopper

Dear C. Hartery,
This is one of the Band-Winged Grasshoppers in the Subfamily Oedipodinae.  At first we thought it might be a Red-Shanked Grasshopper,
Xanthippus corallipes, which we located on Bug Eric, where it states:  “The enormous female Red-Shanked Grasshopper, … is more typical of the leopard-spotted grasshoppers.  She keeps her most vibrant colors mostly concealed.  The back of her head is blue, and the inner surface of her hind femora (“thighs”), and the entirety of her hind tibiae, are bright vermillion.  Her hind wings, visible only when she is flying, are bright yellow with a black band.”  We then realized that other species also had red legs and that a careful examination of leg markings, including both tibia and femora, as well as a good view of the hind wings are all needed for more exact identification.  We are now leaning toward the genus Trimerotropis which is well represented on BugGuide.

Cool
I’ll try and track her down again.  I do recall seeing yellow under wings I think.
Thanks very much for the reply.

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Subject: What is tis
Location: Port Richey, Florida
May 4, 2016 10:25 pm
Saw this bug today in Port Richey, Florida Pasco county. Lived here 30 years. Have never seen it before. Tried to figure it out myself. Best I came up with was a whhte spotted Sawyer beetle..but then attennae would be much longer. Some have said locust, others cricket. What is it exactly?
Signature: Marie

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Marie,
This is the dark form of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper,
Romalea microptera.  There is also a light color variation of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.  When conditions are favorable, flightless Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers can get quite plentiful.

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Subject: St Pete Florida outside
Location: St Pete, Fl
April 17, 2016 2:02 pm
Hiya! What the heck kind of hopper crawls instead of hopping?
Signature: ~ Neil

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Neil,
This is the dark form of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper,
Romalea microptera, a flightless species.  There is also a light color variation to the species.

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