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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.”

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Subject: Grasshopper in Andalucia, Spain
Location: Mijas, Andalucia, Spain
March 16, 2017 11:57 pm
this large grasshopper or cricket on the picture is quite common close to Malaga city. I see them when walking on open fields with bushes and rocky landscape, or small roads not far from the coast. I have tried to identify it but no success, can you maybe help?
Signature: Grasshopper in Spain

Deceptive Stone Grasshopper

Dear Pasi,
We quickly identified your Grasshopper as a female Deceptive Stone Grasshopper,
Acinipe deceptoria, from the family Pamphagidae thanks to images posted on the Red List site for Threatened Species where this image is cached.  We verified the identification on Invertebrados Insectariumvirtual and on FlickR.  According to Orthoptera and their Ecology:  “Acinipe deceptoria inhabits dry and hot, often grazed mountain slopes whith open scrub in altitudes mostly between 400 and 1850m asl.”

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Subject: What type of insect is this?
Location: southern Ontario
March 13, 2017 4:31 pm
Are you able to identify this bug for us? It was found in a parking lot by a park in southern Ontario.
Signature: Lindsay


Hi Lindsay,
This is some species of Grasshopper, but we do not know its exact identity.  The shape of its wings are unusual.  It is possible that it was recently metamorphosed and its wings had not yet fully hardened.  We suspect this was not a late winter sighting this year.  Please clarify when the sighting occurred.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for your response. Yes, sorry I forgot to add the date the photo was taken. It was from early July 2016.
Thank you,

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Subject: identification assistance
Location: wakkerstroom Mpumalanga
February 23, 2017 12:05 pm
Please could you assist with the I’d of this specimen
Signature: Kristi Garland

Koppie Foam Grasshopper

Dear Kristi,
This is a Milkweed Grasshopper in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  More specifically, we believe it is a Koppie Foam Grasshopper,
Dictyophorus spumans, which is pictured on iSpot.  Because they feed on milkweed and they are able to absorb and retain toxic compounds from the plant, members of this family are called Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers and they sport aposomatic or warning coloration to protect them from predators.

Thank you so much Daniel!  You are a super star!
Kind regards


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Subject: Grasshopper ID
Location: Costa Rica
February 14, 2017 7:08 am
Taken in Costa Rica, Bosque de Paz cloud forest, September
Signature: Myer

Yellow Spotted Lubber

Hi Myer,
We are posting your lovely images of a Costa Rican Grasshopper, but we did not find any images online in our first quick attempt at providing you a species identification.  Perhaps one of our readers will recognize your Grasshopper.

Yellow Spotted Lubber

Karl Provided Identification of Yellow Spotted Lubber
Hi Daniel and Myer:
What a beauty! This is a Yellow-spotted Lubber (Romaleidae: Munatia punctata). I could only find one good photo of this species online, on Flickr, but Rowell (1998) provides descriptive information (Page 25) and a good illustration (Fig.1). Regards, Karl

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Subject: Identification Request
Location: Arusha, Tanzania
January 19, 2017 7:26 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
Signature: Tom Broughton

Elegant Grasshopper

Subject: Identification Request
Location: East Africa
January 19, 2017 7:28 pm
Hi there,
Here are a few interesting ‘bugs’ I photographed while living in Tanzania between 2008 and 2011. Hoping you can help me (finally) identify exactly what they are 🙂
Many thanks
IMG 1159 in Rwanda
IMG 1515b in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
IMG 8969 in Longido, Northern Tanzania (found dead)

Elegant Grasshopper (IMG 1159)

Dear Tom,
Two of your images, one from Tanzania and IMG 1159 from Rwanda are Toxic Milkweed Grasshoppers in the family Pyrgomorphidae.  The individual from Tanzania appears to be an Elegant Grasshopper,
Zonocerus elegans, based on a previous identification on our site.  Based on this BioLib image, we are pretty confident IMG 1159 is the same species.  We are not certain if only the males have usable wings or if both sexes come in winged and flightless forms.  We will address the other four images you sent in distinct postings.  

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