Geographic location of the bug: Lake Jackson, Texas
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
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.