Subject: Jumping bug
Location: Italy (Perugia)
October 21, 2012 3:53 am
This bug jumped in front of me on a golf course. At first I thought it was a grasshopper, but then I looked closely and it looks like nothing I have seen before.
Can you help me identify it?
We do not get many identification requests from Italy. Your initial impulse was correct. This is either a Mediterranean Slantfaced Grasshopper, Acrida ungarica, or a related species in the same genus. They may be either green or brown in color. You might be able to get some information from the Italian Linnea.It website.