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Subject: West Texas Grasshopper
Location: El Paso, Texas
October 27, 2014 4:05 pm
Greetings bugman!
I am a Park Ranger for Texas Parks & Wildlife in El Paso, Texas. The other day I was walking through our park and found this beauty. I thought it might be some species of short-horned grasshopper, but I will admit that my entomology knowledge isn’t what it should be.
This specimen is roughly 3-4 inches long and was hanging out in a semi-marshy/overgrown area. Any idea what it is?
Thank you for your time!
Signature: Entomology Challenged Park Ranger

Bird Grasshopper

Bird Grasshopper

Dear Entomology Challenged Park Ranger,
We believe your Bird Grasshopper in the genus
Schistocerca is most likely an American Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca americana, based on this image posted to BugGuideAccording to BugGuide:  “Large, usually has creamy strip extending from head to forewings. Characteristically flies up and into trees when disturbed, behavior quite different from most other grasshoppers.”  Do you have an additional image from above that shows the top of the head?  We could confirm its identity if the “creamy strip” is visible.

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Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper

Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper

Subject: Headless planthopper
Location: Perugia, Italy
October 20, 2014 6:32 am
This is my second encounter with this strange looking insect. The first one I saw, a week ago, appeared inside my house and was much greener than this one. It was damaged (a leg was missing), and I thought my cats had brought it in and beheaded it, however it was still walking. I took it outside into ‘safety’. So today I see another of these interesting looking hoppers, while the color is very different (the first one was leaf green with some brown around the ‘head’, which really made it look bitten off), the build is very similar. I know planthopper is not the right name for this one, but I’m unable to find anything more apt.
Signature: Roman Winter

Dear Roman,
We believe this is a Mediterranean Slant-Faced Grasshopper,
Acrida ungarica, and as you can see on the Linnea It website, it can be either brown or green.

It’s funny both examples on your website were observed in the same city! Thank you for identifying so quickly, i’ll try to observe more unusual insect life in the future, and if I have any doubts on what the identity might be I’ll be surely giving you a call!

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Possibly Rainbow Grasshopper

Possibly Rainbow Grasshopper

Subject: grasshopper ID
Location: near Sedona, AZ
October 16, 2014 11:03 am
Hoping you’ll ID this gorgeous grasshopper I saw near Sedona, AZ, at Crescent Moon Ranch picnic area, in early Oct 2014.
Signature: Curious Ellen

Dear Curious Ellen,
Your individual looks similar to this Rainbow Grasshopper,
Dactylotum bicolor, that is posted to BugGuide, but we are not fully convinced that is a correct identification.

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Location: Jacksonville, FL
September 17, 2014 11:39 am
Also, a few feet away from them I found this excellent Eastern lubber.
Absolutely.  The lubber was in the grass next to an open, natural field also at the dog park in Jacksonville, FL.  It didn’t seem to be in any particular hurry to get away and freely let me pick it up– I assume because they are toxic if ingested?
Signature: Mike

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Hi Mike,
Thanks for sending in your image of an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.  According to BugGuide:  “Coloration is aposematic (warning), apparently this species is distasteful to vertebrate predators. When disturbed, it will spread its wings, hiss, and secrete a smelly fluid from its spiracles.”

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Subject: Unknown Orthoptera
Location: Cape Point, South Africa
September 15, 2014 3:23 am
Good morning from Cape Town !
I found this lovely little chap at Cape Point at the weekend, so he’s a deep southern African spring lover, and I cannot figure out what he can be. I think maybe he is a juvenile something, but none of my resources have anything to say that the bugs I would expect to find here start out with thes little pink protuberances on their bodies.
Any assistance with identification would be greatly appreciated.
Signature: Cathy

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Dear Cathy,
We were only able to locate one posting on iSpot that looks like your immature Grasshopper, and it is identified as a member of the family
Thericleidae, but the other members of the family do not look similar.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

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Subject: Nymph Phymateus viridipes?
Location: Kitgum, Uganda
August 31, 2014 8:52 pm
Hello! My mom recently traveled to Uganda (August 2014) and took some photographs of some really neat large grasshoppers. They was photographed in Kitgum, Uganda. I think they may be nymph Phymateus viridipes? Do you agree?
Signature: Hannah

Milkweed Grasshoppers

Green Milkweed Locust

Hi Hannah,
We agree with your identification of
Phymateus viridipes, the Green Milkweed Locust, one of the Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  You can compare your image to the ones on iSpot.

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