Subject: grass hopers of 3 different patterns in the same plant
Location: Peña de Bernal, Queretaro, Mexico
October 2, 2016 6:05 pm
This summer I found 3 grasshopers morphologically similar but with different color patterns.
The grasshopers where feeding in the same plant in central méxico, The ecosystem where i found them is shrubland with wet summers.
¿Do you know what kind of grasshopper this is?
Signature: Juan Sebastian Ramirez
The most colorful Grasshopper image you submitted, the black and red individual, is a Painted Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor, a species that, according to BugGuide, is found in: “Western Great Plains of United States (and southern Canada), southward to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and into northern Mexico.” It is the only species in the genus listed on BugGuide, and of the tribe Dactylotini, BugGuide indicates: “Most genera included in tribe Dactylotini occur only in Mexico.” It is entirely possible that all your Grasshoppers are in the same tribe. We have not been able to locate a Mexican site devoted to insects quite as comprehensive as BugGuide, so we cannot say for certain if your green Grasshopper and your brown Grasshopper, which we suspect might be color variations on the same species, are closely related to the Painted Grasshopper. Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with identifying your other two images.