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Subject: Large grasshopper
Location: Scone, NSW., Australia
March 16, 2014 3:01 am
Please can you tell me what this grasshopper is? I live in Australia. This is the female and is 6.4cm from head to tip of wing. It is a pale brown colour when alive with darker markings, but has gone darker and redder since freezing. They fly very fast and are difficult to catch! I have many in my suburban garden and plan to do a drawing of the specimen. It would be great if you could also give me the scientific description e.g. phylum, class, order, family and genus. Thank you.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

The best we are able to provide for you at this time is the taxonomy to the family level.
Phylum Arthropoda – Arthropods
Class Insecta – Insects
Order Orthoptera – Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids
Suborder Caelifera – Grasshoppers
Family Acrididae – Short-horned Grasshoppers.

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

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Subject: Strange bug.
Location: North East Florida
March 15, 2014 3:43 pm
Saw this strange bug on the hood of my Step Dad’s car. It is about 3 inches long and appears to have only 4 legs. I’ve never seen anything like this before. What on Earth is it?
Signature: Brandon

Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper

Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper

Dear Brandon,
This sure looks like a Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper,
Leptysma marginicollis, to us.  According to BugGuide, it:  “Inhabits wet areas, and is usually found on emergent vegetation such as cattails and sedges.” 

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Subject: Grasshopper (?) from Panama
Location: Panama
March 4, 2014 6:13 pm
Hello Bugman,
I photographed this -what I believe to be some kind of- grasshopper in Central Panama last month. It was sitting next to a similar looking mate with orange legs. They could both jump very far, that’s why I don’t think they were katydids. What makes me doubt my conclusion are the long and unusual antennae. Could you help with a positive ID? Would be glad to send you the picture of the other specimen if that helps. Thanks again!
Signature: Frank

Unknown Orthopteran

Wingless Grasshopper

Dear Frank,
We are relatively certain that this is an Orthopteran, a member of the insect order that includes Grasshoppers, but we don’t believe this is a Grasshopper.  We are going to contact Piotr Naskrecki, who is an expert in Katydids, another family within the straight winged order Orthoptera.

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is wingless grasshopper of the subfamily Rhytidchrotinae (Acrididae), most likely Piezops or Opaon.
Cheers,
Piotr

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Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Denia, Alicante, Spain
February 18, 2014 8:18 am
Hi Bug People,
Wonder whether you can help with the identification of this one.
Had various sightings of the attached type over the last few years in Costa Blanca Spain. This one was pictured on 18/02/14, but we have seen them throughout the summer. This one is approx 8cm from nose to tail exluding antenae. Have fished a few out of the pool.
Signature: Andy Ball

Locust

Locust

Dear Andy,
We have not had any luck tracking down a species name for your Grasshopper, but we did track down this interesting article from Science Daily on the changes in appearance within the same unnamed species when it goes from a solitary existence to being a social hoard of Desert Locusts that devouring all vegetation in its path.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to substantiate if this is a Desert Locust, 
Schistocerca gragaria, which is pictured on the National Education Network Gallery.

Hi Daniel,
Many thanks for feedback. Sounds very scary! Would welcome any further confirmation of species.
Regards
Andy

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Subject: Which Grasshopper?
Location: East-Central Virginia
February 6, 2014 6:04 am
Hey Bugman!
When I snapped this shot, I didn’t think I’d have a hard time identifying, but so far, no luck. What do you think?
Signature: Pine River

Clip-Wing Grasshopper

Clip-Wing Grasshopper

Dear Pine River,
We quickly identified your Clip-Wing Grasshopper,
Metaleptea brevicornis, on BugGuide.  Interestingly, the brown back and green sides on your individual is one color variation of this species.  There are many more individuals on BugGuide with the reverse coloration:  green backs and brown sides.  According to BugGuide, “Both males and females come to lights at night” and “This species is nearly unique among North American Slant-faced Grasshoppers in that it crepitates, producing a sharp clicking sound when it flies.”

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Subject: Large brown grasshopper/locust in the Pilbara
Location: Pilbara, Australia
February 8, 2014 7:02 pm
Hi there, I spotted this chap in the car park recently. About 6/8cms in length hand 1-1.5 in width.
Signature: Griffo

Grasshopper

Grasshopper

Hi Griffo,
We quickly located a visual match on The Northern Myth blog where is it tentatively identified as being in the genus
 Urnisiella.  The individuals identified online as being in the genus Urnisiella do not look like your individual in our mind.  See FlickR and Superstock.  At this time, we are unable to provide a conclusive identification.  

Hi Daniel,
Thanks for your reply. I’ll have a read of the info. I did try to get a side profile photo, but I got spotted and he flew away.
All the best
Ian

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