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Subject: Query-Locust
Location: about 15 km west of Port Elizabeth
March 30, 2015 9:59 am
On a January (2015) trip to the Eastern Cape of South Africa, we stopped the car to enable the pictured creature to cross the road. It was walking quite slowly, but determined. Body length was around 5cm (=2 inches). Not having any detailed field guide for S.African insects, I just couldn’t put a name to it, although I suspect it’s some kind of locust. We don’t see its like in the UK!
Signature: Neil Henry

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Neil,
This magnificent grasshopper is a member of the family Pyrgomorphidae and many individuals in the family are known as Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers, Gaudy Grasshoppers or Koppie Foam Grasshoppers.  We believe we have correctly identified your individual as
Phymateus leprosus subsp. leprosus based on an image on iSpot.  This seems to be a variably colored species.

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Subject: Judean Milkweed Grasshopper
Location: Judean Desert, Israel
March 22, 2015 1:35 am
Hello Bugman,
I was on a hike in the Judean Desert last week, and I came across a few interesting and beautiful insects. This milkweed grasshopper is one I haven’t seen in a long time. I presume it’s a male because of its relatively small size (about 4cm long), and the wings extend beyond the abdomen, but I’m not sure.
He was very calm, sat still for a good photo op.
Signature: Ben from Israel

Milkweed Grasshopper

Usher-Hopper

Hi Ben,
We believe your Grasshopper is a male Poekilocerus bufonius which we first identified on Age Fotostock and then verified on
PBase where it is called an Usher-Hopper.  Encyclopedia of Life does place it in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  Remember, in the future, you should submit larger digital files.

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Subject: Katydid Classification
Location: Central Texas
March 14, 2015 9:02 am
Hello,
I took a photo of a very green katydid with black spotted eyes. Have searched several sites with no success at getting an exact match for identification. Any help would be appreciated.
Signature: JB

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear JB,
This is an immature Grasshopper in the family Acrididae, not a Katydid.  Our best guess at this time is that this may be a Bird Grasshopper in the genus
Schistocerca as it looks similar to this individual posted to BugGuide.

Thank you for your quick response.  So many varieties just in my back yard, need to spend some early mornings getting more shots of them.

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Subject: Insect on birding walk
Location: Pipeline Road, Panama City
February 24, 2015 3:43 pm
This beautiful creature was on the trail, on the ground and very much alive, around 9 in the morning. I’m guessing it’s a leafhopper? Can you help identify?
Signature: Panama hiker

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear Panama hiker,
This is a gorgeous red eyed Grasshopper, and we found matching images on John Afdem’s Panama Photog Blog and FlickR, but alas, they are not identified by the species or genus.
  Another FlickR posting identifies is as Coscineuta coxalisWe verified the species name on Encyclopedia of Life.

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Subject: Orange grasshopper Florida
Location: 27.3724769,-80.3443463
February 23, 2015 1:23 pm
Hello!
We saw a few dozen of these on the base of a tree by a southeastern river hammock near the natural fall-line about 5 miles inland from the Indian River lagoon. It is not listed on insectidentification.org, and 10-15 mins of web searching yielded nothing that closely resembled what I saw. Sorry for the poor quality image, but I did not have my good cameras with me (we were fishing), so a cellphone cam is the best I could do. The appearance of these grasshoppers is unique enough to be identifiable, even with the poor image.
Thanks for any info you may be able to offer.
Cheers,
Signature: RetroJoe

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Hatchlings

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper Hatchlings

Dear RetroJoe,
These are recently hatched Eastern Lubber Grasshoppers,
Romalea microptera, a common flightless species in the south with two color variations.

Thanks, Daniel!
I thought that was the most likely possibility, but I had not seen them in such an early phase before.
Thanks again,
Joe

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Subject: Insect in my raspberries
Location: Found in Glasgow, Scotland, raspberries originated in South Africa
February 6, 2015 8:11 am
On a shopping trip to tesco I bought raspberries which originated in South Africa. There was a green insect in the container, I’m just curious to know what it was! It was still alive too!
Signature: Curious raspberry lover

Immature Grasshopper

Immature Grasshopper

Dear Curious Raspberry Lover,
This is an immature Grasshopper.  Finding live insects in organically grown produces is not uncommon.

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