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Subject:  Locust/grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Near Rhodes Village, Eastern Cape South Africa
Date: 04/13/2021
Time: 06:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Well-camouflaged in our only indigenous tree in this area, the Ouhout, Leucosidea sericea
How you want your letter signed:  Russell

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Russell,
We apologize for the late response.  We have been without connectivity for a few days but now we are back.  It is interesting that your image is of such a well camouflaged Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper, because this family is known for aposomatic or warning coloration.  We are nearly positive your individual is
Phymateus leprosus, and according to iNaturalist, the common name is the Leprous Milkweed Locust.  Grasshoppers from this family often feed on milkweed and they are able make use of the toxic properties of milkweed which makes them unpleasant tasting or possibly toxic to some species.


Subject:  Gray Bird Grasshopper
Date: 03/29/2021
Time: 4:00 PM PDT
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Dear Gentle Readers,
For some time, Daniel has tried to educate the curious about the interconnectivity of all things on our planet, and since the pandemic, Daniel has retreated from the internet (but for work related duties like teaching online) and stopped posting to WTB? on a regular basis.  During that time, Daniel has spent most of his time in the garden during lockdown, and more and more the philosophy of interconnectivity has permeated his life.  The complex relationships between plants and animals in the garden is daunting.  Recently while gardening, this large female Gray Bird Grasshopper was startled into flying by the hose.  According to Charles Hogue in his marvelous book Insects of the Los Angeles Basin:  “I have noticed adults only in the spring; they are gray or brownish in general color, and the hind wings are uniformly transparent olive-green.  The light green nymphs attain noticeable size in the late summer.  Both stages feed on various garden crops and ornamentals.”  The adult females are easily the size of a small bird when they fly with their long legs trailing behind them.  I try to relocate adults and large nymphs elsewhere in the garden when I find them on plants I value.  See BugGuide for more information on the Gray Bird Grasshopper.

Female Gray Bird Grasshopper

Subject:  Need Wing Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  South Africa
Date: 04/14/2020
Time: 02:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found these wings in my yard and i canot find anything on google please help
How you want your letter signed:  Please just email me thanks a lot

Wings of a Green Milkweed Locust

These are Grasshopper wings, and we are very confident they are the wings of a Green Milkweed LocustPhymateus viridipes.  As they are toxic to many animals and presumably unpalatable to others, we are curious what ate the body and left the wings behind.  Here is an image from FlickR and information on Wikipedia.  

Subject:  Phymateus leprosus?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kurisa Moya – Bush Forest Reserve – Tzaneen South-Africa
Date: 11/23/2019
Time: 05:06 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have seen this bug in the garden of our guesthouse of Kurisa Moya in the Woodbush Forest Reserve near Tzaneen in South Africa. It was about 15 cm long or more and looked as if it was not a real animal but was moving.
How you want your letter signed:  Bert Rodenburg

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Dear Bert,
We agree that this is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper, probably
Phymateus leprosus based on this Jungle Dragon image.

Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper

Subject:  What’s that bug ?
Geographic location of the bug:  Djibouti
Date: 11/12/2019
Time: 03:43 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this kind of grasshopper today near my workplace, any idea of her name ?
How you want your letter signed:  jodrak


Dear jodrak,
We have a similar looking Grasshopper in our archives, also from Djibouti, but we have never been able to ascertain a species name.  We also located this unidentified Grasshopper on FlickR.  We believe this is a Toxic Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae.

Subject:  Never Before Seen Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Sylmar, Ca
Date: 09/30/2019
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

Chaparral Monkey Grasshopper

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).”