Subject: Grasshopper from Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica
January 7, 2014 4:37 pm
could you help me to identify the exact species of this unusual Grasshopper that I photographed in Costa Rica?
Thank you very much!
Do you have an image that shows the antennae in their entirety? The antennae are a very important diagnostic feature of insects and they should be included in images that you want to have identified. We would not want to classify beyond the order Orthoptera without seeing the antennae.
thank you so much for answering! I am attaching another pic that shows more of the antennae. Maybe you can work with that? I am afraid I was unable to take better pictures of that one…
Thank you so much!
Best regards from Lima
We would really love to know how long those antennae are. We are uncertain if this is a Grasshopper or a Katydid, but we are leaning toward a Grasshopper. We are going to try to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide any information.
I am pretty sure the antennae weren’t quite that long and that this was a grasshopper. Thanks again!
Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification:
The name of this grasshopper is Nicarchus erinaceus (Acrididae: Ommatolampidinae). Some species in this group have spines and bumps on their bodies, and characteristically flattened antennae.