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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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Subject: White African Grasshopper?
Location: Tanzania, africa
November 19, 2014 3:04 pm
I was trekking in Africa this summer [2014] and came across this strange Grasshopper, any ideas?
Signature: NBaril

Grasshopper

Grasshopper may be immature Rain Locust

Dear NBaril,
Our initial search did not turn up anything, but we are posting your image and we hope to be able to provide you with an identification soon.

Update:  November 27, 2014
Thanks to a comment from Daria, we agree that this appears to be an immature Rain Locust in the genus Lamarckiana based on this image on Africa Wild.  The white coloration may be due to a recent molt.

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Subject: Grasshopper, but which type
Location: Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico
November 13, 2014 8:25 pm
Found today (13/11/2014) in Queretaro, Mexico. (semi desert)
I tried to identify it but the herringbone design on the femur would suggest “Differential” but its the wrong colour according to the info I read.
Thanks in advance
Kevin.
Signature: ?

Painted Grasshopper

Painted Grasshopper

Dear Kevin,
This striking Grasshopper is a Painted Grasshopper,
Dactylotum bicolor, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.

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