Subject: I <3 this grasshopper (locust?)
Location: Coryell County, Texas
July 1, 2013 11:23 pm
This grasshopper was hanging around the front door this afternoon. I love the heart-shaped pattern. What a face! Although this bug may be to blame for the large holes eaten out of the amaryllis leaves, it looks fascinatingly prehistoric. Breezy, cool (!) day at 80 degrees.
We have a memory of posting a similar image in the past, but we are unable to locate it in our archives. We have not had any luck with a species ID on the internet either, however, we did find two similar images, both from Texas. One photo is on a forum called Texas Bowhunter and the other on Poetry From The Starlite Cafe. Perhaps one of our readers can assist with this.
Update: July 5, 2013
Ellen provided a comment that David J. Ferguson at BugGuide identified this Shorthorned Grasshopper as Spharagemon equale.