Subject: White African Grasshopper?
Location: Tanzania, africa
November 19, 2014 3:04 pm
I was trekking in Africa this summer [2014] and came across this strange Grasshopper, any ideas?
Signature: NBaril


Grasshopper may be immature Rain Locust

Dear NBaril,
Our initial search did not turn up anything, but we are posting your image and we hope to be able to provide you with an identification soon.

Update:  November 27, 2014
Thanks to a comment from Daria, we agree that this appears to be an immature Rain Locust in the genus Lamarckiana based on this image on Africa Wild.  The white coloration may be due to a recent molt.

Location: Tanzania

3 Responses to Immature Rain Locust from Tanzania

  1. Daria says:

    Possibly the nymph of a Rain Locust?
    Rain Locust Lamarckiana sp.
    Family: Pamphagidae. Subfamily: Porthetinae

  2. Daria says:

    “Grasshoppers in the family Pamphagidae are large (body length up to 70 mm), primitive, heavily built, normally cryptically coloured in dull earthy shades or superb stone-mimics. When viewed from above, the snout region of the head has a short furrow running towards the eyes (the fastigial furrow). Very broad, sword-shaped, triangular antennae, not round in cross section. Very rough body surface, often bearing tubercles and spines. Pronotum has a raised keel-like crest, which may be punctured by a series of small holes. Most males are able to stridulate.”

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