Subject:  Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Jackson, Texas
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 04:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy is hanging out on my back door. I’m assuming it was attracted to the patio light. I just took this today 8/4/18 and it’s about 3am. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s definitely large, it would take up most of the palm of my hand if I were to hold it.  Its colors are very vivid. Yellow antennae and strip on the back, forest green body, black strips on legs. It does have wings. I didn’t see any pictures that looked right online.
How you want your letter signed:  T.Tettleton

Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Dear T. Tettleton,
Your Grasshopper is a perfect match to the Obscure Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca obscura, pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “top of hindfemur has two black bars; usually has pale yellow dorsal stripe, sometimes lacking in females.”  As with most Grasshoppers, female individuals are considerably larger than males.

Location: Lake Jackson, Texas

One Response to Obscure Bird Grasshopper

  1. Caroline Carey says:

    Saw same grasshopper in Porter Texas on August 5th.

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