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Subject: Bug
Location: Orange California
October 23, 2015 1:58 pm
What is this?
Signature: Tami

Gray Bird Grasshopper

Gray Bird Grasshopper

Dear Tami,
As you can see by comparing your image to this image on BugGuide, you have a Gray Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca nitens.  Female Gray Bird Grasshoppers can get quite large.  According to BugGuide:  “A strong flier, can fly great distances, but tends to fly lower and look more clumsy in flight than most other Schistocerca species (a deceiving impression, as it is far from clumsy in reality).  Will often come to lights at night, sometimes in great numbers.” 

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Subject: Ak Grasshopper
Location: Chennai , India
October 19, 2015 9:07 pm
I have found this Ak Grasshopper in Chennai (India) coast. Very beautiful and coloured. I was wondering whether these colours are for camouflage or natural?.
Also I heard that we cannot spot them after September. This photo was taken on 17th Oct 2015.
Can I have more details
Signature: AK Grasshopper

Ak Grasshopper

Ak Grasshopper

The Ak Grasshopper is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and we suspect the coloration is aposomatic or warning coloration to inform predators that it is a toxic species.

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Subject: Strange grasshopper?
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
July 27, 2015 9:16 am
This was spotted in summer in Jacksonville, Florida.
Signature: Matt

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Matt,
This brightly colored Grasshopper is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, a species that has both a light and dark colored form.  Though we have many images of this species in our archives, your wonderful image showing the bright red wings is an excellent addition.

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Subject: What is this?
Location: Austin Texas
July 26, 2015 6:49 pm
Saw this on a plant I have growing outdoors in my backyard.
Signature: Mary

Aztec Spur-Throat Grasshopper Nymph

Aztec Spur-Throat Grasshopper Nymph

Hi Mary,
This colorful nymph is an Aztec Spur-Throat Grasshopper,
Aidemona azteca.  BugGuide provides this information:  “I couldn’t associate them with any particular single host plant, but the nymphs do seem to be partial to flowers. The coloring of young nymphs seems intriguing, and implies two possibilities. One is that they don’t taste good (not true ??). The other is that they are mimicking the ‘look’ of things that sting such as wasps and bees (which seems to be a common occurence in arthropods that like flowers – i.e. spiders, beetles, flies, etc.). Off-hand, I can’t think of any other grasshoppers in the US with this sort of coloring in the nymphs, unless they are southern species that I’ve never seen. Generally cryptic coloring is the rule for Grasshoppers (even Dactylotum is rather inconspicuous in habitat, till it jumps – broken pattern camouflage I think for that one – birds certainly do like Dactylotum). — David J Ferguson”

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Subject: Identify Grasshopper
Location: Mpumalanga Pelgrimsrest area
May 27, 2015 4:16 am
Good day,
There are quite a few of this beautiful black & red with a touch of blue grasshoppers in the Drakensberg area between Pelgrimsrest and Orhrigstad in the Mpumalanga district. I have looked through various books & tried to identify this grasshopper but had no success. It seems as though they do not have developed wings .
Signature: Naomi Le Roux

Milkweed Grasshopper

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Dear Naomi,
Your Grasshopper is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, which you can view on iSpot.  According to iNaturalist:  “the koppie foam grasshopper or rooibaadjie, is a species of grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae indigenous to Africa. The name “foaming grasshopper” derives from the insect’s ability to produce a toxic foam from its thoracic glands.”

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Subject: Bug Idetification
Location: Chennai, India
May 10, 2015 9:18 pm
Hello again, bugman :)
Found this bug next to a shore in ECR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.
I found many look alike bugs which were very colourful.
Can you help me figure out the bug’s name again ?
Signature: Nithin Daniel Mathew

Painted Grasshopper

Ak Grasshopper

Hi Nithin,
This beautiful Grasshopper is in the family Pyrgomorphidae, and we found this matching image on Tumblr.  In 2009, we identified it as
Poekilocerus pictus, commonly called the Ak Grasshopper or Painted Grasshopper, a name we verified on National Geographic where it states:  ““Ak Grasshopper, is one of the most colorful grasshoppers of India. The nymphs display spots of varied colours from yellow, orange to blue and green. The adults show yellow and blue striped on head and thorax, a bright red abdomen, green-yellow forewings and red hind wings which are seen only in flight. The adults grow to about 60mm and are capable of good flight. The food is Giant Milkweed Plant.The eggs are laid in “pods” (each pod contains 70 – 200 eggs) during the monsoon months.”

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