Subject: Black grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug: Costa Rica
Time: 06:49 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hey bugman, I hope you can help find the name of this beautiful bug. I think I took the photo in February/March on the Caribbean coast, but it’s a few years back so I’m not 100% sure.
I appreciate your help!
How you want your letter signed: David
We identified your Reticulate Lubber Grasshopper, Taeniopoda reticulata, thank to iNaturalist where it states: “These brightly colored lubber grasshoppers were observed at several areas in the region, but they were not seen in the rainforests, swamps, or along the sandy beaches, although they could be found on the periphery of these areas where grasses were likely to grow. Nymphs were never found in regions without patches of the Hymenocallis lily.” We also located a FlickR image.