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Subject: Locust identification
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
January 21, 2015 3:31 am
Hi,
I took these photos of a locust/grasshopper in a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia about 2 weeks ago and would be interested in knowing what it is. It was around 5-6 inches (125-150mm) in length. I was thinking it was a female spur-throated locust but now I’m not so sure as they apparently do not grow this big. Any idea?
Signature: Chris

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear Chris,
The profile image of this Grasshopper is positively gorgeous, and the detail in the hind leg showing the red spines is so technically excellent that we are also including a close-up of that significant detail.  We wonder if this might be a Giant Grasshopper,
Valanga irregularis, which we located on the Brisbane Insect site.  According to the site:  “The Giant Grasshoppers are the largest grasshoppers in Australia. They also commonly known as Giant Valanga and Hedge Grasshoppers. They are native to Australia. The adult size vary from 60-90mm. They are common in Brisbane bushes and backyards. We found these grasshoppers easily on every board leaf plants in our backyard. They eat almost all kinds of leaves. In the early morning, we usually found them sun-bathing on leaf. At that time they are slow-moving. After they have been warmed up, they jump and fly away quickly. Notice the spines on their hind legs, if they are caught by birds or by spider web, they will attack their predators by their hind legs.  Their body colour and patterns are vary between individuals. Usually adults are greyish green and brown in colours with black dots pattern on forewings. The colours resemble the plant stem where they hide.” 

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Hind Leg of a Grasshopper

Hind Leg of a Grasshopper

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Coffee Bay, Wild Coast, South Africa
January 8, 2015 9:12 am
I would like to know what type of grasshopper this is.
Signature: Dalina Geldenhuys

Gaudy Grasshopper

Gaudy Grasshopper

Dear Dalina,
This colorful Grasshopper is in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and the members are commonly called Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers, Gaudy Grasshoppers or Koppie Foam Grasshoppers.  We believe your individual is a female
Maura rubroornata based on this image posted to iSpot.  Here is another image from iSpot.  There are images of mounted specimens on Orthoptera Species File, and there appear to be significant variations in the markings of this species.

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Subject: Bush Locust?
Location: Waterberg Plateau Namibia
January 3, 2015 1:31 pm
I took this picture on the Waterberg Plateau in Namibia in November of this year. It seems very similar to the Common Milkweed Grasshopper but has some differences. It was very large at least 10 cm.
Signature: Al Kirkley

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Al,
You are correct that this is one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and though the colors on your individual are not as vivid, it looks like this Foam Grasshopper on Beetles of Africa, though that individual is not even classified within the family.
  This similar looking individual on FlickR is identified as Phymateus leprosus, and checking on that name produces this image on http://utaseibt.de/gras.html.  It appears there are minor variations in color and intensity within the species.

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Subject: Question about animal
Location: Argentina, Córdoba
December 30, 2014 6:54 am
Hi, Bugman,
Thanks for your free service. I would have two questions:
1. This photo shows a great bug, but I can’t distinguish if it is a grassphoper, a cricket, or what is that. How can distinguish between a grassphoper and a cricket?
2. Are there any insect photos databases, who buy and sell photos of insects?
Thanks for your time and help :)
David L
Signature: David L

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear David,
Grasshopper and Cricket are both common names in English for groups of insects in the order Orthoptera.  In North America, this insect is commonly called a Grasshopper from the suborder Caelifera.  We have tried unsuccessfully to identify it more specifically to a genus or species level, but the wrinkly area behind the head, the yellow antennae and the checkered legs are are distinctive features that should aid in a proper identification.  There are databases with stock photos of insects, but we have no connection to any of them.

Dear Daniel:
It’s quite comforting to know that there are people out there helping others with these kind of questions. Do please receive a salutation and wishes of HAPPY NEW YEAR, and many thanks for your answer, which invites us to explore further. It’s understandable that in North America you have species different from the ones that my Colombian friend found in Argentina.
Do please receive warmest regards from Bogotá, Colombia, South America…. Perhaps the first email of 2015??? :)

Update:  January 1, 2015
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we believe this is a member of the genus
Titanacris and we located this image that supports Cesar’s identification.

Hi, many thanks! I’ll forward this to my friend. A question: you say that someone called César Crash COMMENTED something… Is there a FORUM in your site, in which I can see this public discussion? I couldn’t find it on the site…. Where did César write? Thanks
David

Hello again David,
Cesar Crash is a long time contributor to our site who now runs a Brazilian site called Insetologia that is similar to What’s That Bug? and Cesar frequently helps us in South American identifications.  Each individual posting on our site is able to accept comments which our editorial staff then approves or disallows.  We generally approve all comments unless they are spam or otherwise totally inappropriate.  You can view all comments on this particular posting at http://www.whatsthatbug.com/2014/12/31/grasshopper-argentina/

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Subject: I’ve never seen one of these…
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
December 7, 2014 6:46 pm
A friend took a pic of this today near Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have no idea what it is.
Signature: Dan

Toad Lubber Grasshopper

Toad Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Dan,
This looks like a Toad Lubber Grasshopper, possibly the Chihuahua Lubber,
Phrynotettix tshivavensis, which is pictured on BugGuide.

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Subject: Giant Grasshopper
Location: Costa Rica
November 24, 2014 3:22 pm
Seen in Puntarenas, Costa Rica in March 2011. Biggest bug I’ve ever seen.
Any ideas please?
Signature: Mike, The Gloster Birder

Giant Brown Cricket

Giant Brown Cricket

Dear Mike the Gloster Birder,
It is our understanding that this “Giant Brown Cricket” which is actually a Grasshopper,
Tropidacris dux, is so large it is frequently confused with a bird in flight.

Tropidacris dux is Giant Brown Cricket

Tropidacris dux is Giant Brown Cricket

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