Location: Big Bend National Park, the Dagger Flats
March 21, 2011 1:30 am
I was just on a field trip with my geology class in Big Bend National Park over spring break. While I was taking my field final this little guy hopped past me. At first I thought he was some sort of reptile but I looked closer and he has 6 legs. He was also a bit dusty. I’m just curious about what he is.
Signature: Abby B

Robust Toad Lubber

Hi Abby,
This grasshopper is a Robust Toad Lubber,
Phrynotettix robustus, which we identified on BugGuide.  They are described as:  “Stocky broad-bodied grasshoppers, very ‘pebble-like’, with very short wings (much shorter in females) behind the large shield-like pronotum. Color is usually pale whitish, tan, or grayish, often with scattered darker spots or mottling.”  Greg Lasley’s website provides this information:  “The Robust Toad Lubber (Phrynotettix robustus) is a species of grasshopper in the southwestern United States and parts of Mexico. It is sometimes simply called Toad Lubber, and inhabits canyon floors and other regions in desert habitats.”

Location: Texas

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