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Subject: More Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymphs from South Africa
Location: Riebeek-Kasteel, Western Cape, South Africa
May 3, 2017 3:25 am
More Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymphs from South Africa
May 2, 2017
We saw something similar last weekend (30.4.2017), hiking Kasteelberg in Riebeek Kasteel, Western Cape. They started appearing the further we got to the rocky top of the mountain.
As you mentioned, they change colour during maturation process – we took some pictures that look exactly like the one displayed above, but much brighter in colour. Is it the same species just ‘older’ as the colour is much brighter?
We also saw big ones in a dark red & black colour.
I’d love to add pictures to get more information – please contact me so I can send them perhaps?
Thanks & Cheers
Signature: Julia

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper Nymph

Dear Julia,
Both of your images are of Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  The green nymph appears to be
Phymateus leprosus which we have featured on our site in the past.  Based on this iSpot image, the adult is also Phymateus leprosus.  This iSpot image provides verification that the nymph is the same species.  Browsing through all the species images on iSpot indicates there is some color variation in the adults and possibly the nymphs as well.

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Bakersfield, Ca
April 24, 2017 4:14 pm
What type of grasshopper is this??
Signature: with your name

Gray Bird Grasshopper Nymph

We believe this is the nymph of a Gray Bird Grasshopper, Schitocerca nitens.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.

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Subject:  Northern Green-Striped Grasshopper
Location:  Occoquan, NWR, Occoquan, Virginia
April 13, 2017 4:18 PM
Dear Daniel,
I figured out that this is a Northern Green-striped Grasshopper, but since you don’t seem to have any photo in your database, I thought I’d send these photos on to you. Thanks for your wonderful site. I photographed this today at Occoquan NWR, in Occoquan, Virginia.
P.S. I’d like to contribute, but am not a fan of entering personal data onto my computer. Just let me know how to make the check out to and where to send it.
Best regards, Seth

Northern Green-Striped Grasshopper

Dear Seth,
Thanks so much for sending in your beautiful, high resolution images of the subspecies
Chortophaga viridifasciata viridifasciata, the Northern Green-Striped Grasshopper, which is also pictured on BugGuide where the range is listed as “from northern portions of southeastern states northward across most of United States and southern Canada. Rare west of the Great Plains, but occurs in pockets with favorable habitat, and may be introduced in some areas.”  According to BugGuide, the Southern Green-Striped Grasshopper has the more limited range.  Of the species, BugGuide notes:  “Adults in spring and early summer in North. Southward multiple-brooded with adults from end of winter to begining of winter, and in far south may be found year-round.”  We were quite curious about the spring appearance of an adult, but BugGuide clarifies with this information:  “Nymphs overwinter, producing adults in early spring; often the first grasshopper seen in spring. Two or more generations occur south from about Virginia, the Ohio Valley, and Nebraska. In the low Southeast, multiple overlapping generations occur, and adults and nymphs may be found together through much of the year.  Overwintering nymphs — Thought it worth a comment here to point out that in this species, and a few others, the nymph is the overwintering stage. The eggs hatch in late summer or autumn, and half grown to nearly mature nymphs overwinter through the winter. That is why the adults appear early in the spring; the nymphs are already well along when spring comes, and only have a little growing left to do. Most grasshopper eggs hatch later in the spring or early summer when it heats up, but by then the adults of many of these early (or is it late) species are long gone already (or old anyway).… David J. Ferguson, 16 October, 2007.”  Thanks for your generous offer.  We fully understand your reluctance with sharing personal data.  We really do have a love/hate relationship with computers in the 21st Century.

Northern Green-Striped Grasshopper

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Subject: Grasshopper in Thailand
Location: Chaloklum, Koh phangan, Thailand.
April 3, 2017 5:09 am
Dear Bugman,
Could you help to indentify the species of this grashopper. Its size was between 5 and 10 centimeter and I was in on an island in the Gulf of Thailand between September and January.
Kind regards,
Signature: T. Brokke


Dear T. Brokke,
Most of our searching turned up batches of fried Grasshoppers served as snacks in Thailand.  We did find a matching image on the 123RF stock photo site, but it was only identified as a “Yellow Grasshopper.”  We also found it identified as a Giant Grasshopper on the 123 Naturfotos site.  We also found it unidentified on Shutterstock.  It is also unidentified on Alamy.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck with an identification.

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Subject: Praying Mantis???
Location: Carlsbad, CA
March 30, 2017 10:45 am
Found this on our window today. What is this?
Signature: Interested bug watcher

Possibly Bird Grasshopper

Dear Interested bug watcher,
This is a plant eating Grasshopper, not a predatory Preying Mantis.  We believe it is a Bird Grasshopper in the genus

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Large flying insect in Torrevieja.
Location:  Torrevieja, Costa Blanca, southern Spain
March 25, 2016 2:16 PM
We have recently had the company of a large flying insect and would like to know what it is please. It has been on our patio for the past few weeks and has been nibbling at our potted plants. It doesn’t appear to be doing any large scale damage and we feel honoured and entertained by its presence. I can’t get close enough to measure it but I estimate it is about 8cm long. Thank you.
(Sorry, I clicked send before I had written anything on my last post to you just now.  Also, I think I may have sent the request several times as it didn’t look as though it was going through, sorry.)
Thank you for your reply.  I look forward to getting an identification in due course.

Probably Desert Locust

Dear Dawn,
Thanks for attempting your submission several times so that we are able to post your request.  This is a Grasshopper, and more specifically, we believe it is a Desert Locust,
Schistocerca gregaria, or a closely related species in the same genus.  Zip Code Zoo does list Spain as part of the range of the Desert Locust.  According to Encyclopedia of Life:  “There around 13 species of locust. Locusts are grasshopper species that form swarms. When enough of them come together, changes occur. They change color and eat and breed more. This forms huge swarms that fly long distances and destroy crops. Desert locusts may be the most harmful. The biggest known swarm was made up of around 40 billion locusts.”

Dear Daniel
Thank you very much.  That was very interesting and very useful information that you provided.  I appreciate your help in this.  Thank you.

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