Subject: Never Before Seen Bug
Geographic location of the bug: Sylmar, Ca
Time: 02:44 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: After coming home from work around 6:30 p.m. I saw this interesting specimen. I thought it was a young grasshopper but it doesn’t quite match the photos I have seen online. From my perspective it looked like a cross between a walking stick and a grasshopper. I would greatly appreciate an identification.
How you want your letter signed: Most curious
Dear Most Curious,
This is definitely a Grasshopper, and we believe, based on its silhouette, that it is a Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper, Morsea californica, which is pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide, the range is “mountains of southern California (south of Mojave Desert and Central Valley).”