Subject: Crickets or Grasshoppers
Geographic location of the bug: Southern Arizona
Time: 10:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We were in southern AZ in October birding, and there were a lot of bugs about. Birding is my thing and those I can ID, but not so much bugs! These guys were all intriguing for their color, their armor, or behavior (some were eating each other). Thanks for taking a look!
How you want your letter signed: Tina
Hi Again Tina,
Your second submitted image is a Plains Lubber grasshopper, Brachystola magna, another flightless species that is pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Large, colorful grasshopper. Flightless. On the central and southern Great Plains, individuals reach their largest size, and are more often (especially females) predominantly green. In the Southwest they tend to be smaller, more varied in coloration, but most often predominantly brown.”