Location: 38.855751,-77.363756 (Northern VA)
August 9, 2011 8:53 pm
This giant bug landed on my hand today (giant = approx the size of a finger). It decided to hang out in my third floor balcony garden for awhile, so I took some pictures. What kind of bug is this?
We were having a difficult time finding a matching image for your Grasshopper in the Short Horned Grasshopper family Acrididae on BugGuide, and we finally located a matching image that was not identified on the Discover Life website, until we realized that the abbreviation “diffhopper” probably referred to the Differential Grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis. We then confirmed that identification on Bugguide where it is described as: “Forewings, pronotum uniform, without distinctive marks. Black herringbone markings on outer face of hind femora. Yellow hind tibiae.” Your individual has those characteristics.