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Subject:  Metamorphosis of a Gray Bird Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, CA
Date: 09/15/2018
Time: 03:30 PM PDT
Daniel glanced at the carrot seeds that are ready to plant and noticed something unusual from a distance.  The backlighting on the wings of this newly metamorphosed Gray Bird Grasshopper caught the light beautifully.  Sure enough, the cast off exuvia was at the base of the plant.  The next day, after its wings had fully hardened, it was gone.

Metamorphosis of a Gray Bird Grasshopper

Exuvia of a Gray Bird Grasshopper


Subject:  Orgy on my Lemon Haze plant
Geographic location of the bug:  Mt. Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date: 08/05/2018
Time: 8:05 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear Bugman,
Shortly after writing that the predators are controlling my little Grasshoppers, I witnessed this lurid behavior.  When I tried to get a better camera angle, they flew off.  There was a mating pair of Grasshoppers and a second male was watching from the sidelines.  Was he a voyeur or was he waiting his turn?
How you want your letter signed:  Constant Gardener

Mating Gray Bird Grasshoppers

Dear Constant Gardener,
We really don’t believe insects engage in voyeuristic behavior, nor do we believe Grasshoppers take turns.  We suspect this mature female Gray Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca nitens, released pheromones that attracted both males and either the one who arrived first or the more aggressive male got the prize.  We would have loved to have seen an image of the pair flying off in flagrante delicto.  We hope your crop is not decimated by Locusts because according to BugGuide:  “Apparently overwintering primarily as eggs, hatching over an extended season from spring to late summer (perhaps hatching is related to rainfall events?), and maturing from late spring till late summer or early autumn. Some adults overwinter, and perhaps nymphs too (?). It is possible that southward there are two broods, but this is not clear. In tropical regions south of the U.S., and perhaps in southernmost Texas and coastal California, all stages can be found at most any time of year.”

Subject:  Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Lake Jackson, Texas
Date: 08/03/2018
Time: 04:25 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  This guy is hanging out on my back door. I’m assuming it was attracted to the patio light. I just took this today 8/4/18 and it’s about 3am. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s definitely large, it would take up most of the palm of my hand if I were to hold it.  Its colors are very vivid. Yellow antennae and strip on the back, forest green body, black strips on legs. It does have wings. I didn’t see any pictures that looked right online.
How you want your letter signed:  T.Tettleton

Obscure Bird Grasshopper

Dear T. Tettleton,
Your Grasshopper is a perfect match to the Obscure Bird Grasshopper,
Schistocerca obscura, pictured on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “top of hindfemur has two black bars; usually has pale yellow dorsal stripe, sometimes lacking in females.”  As with most Grasshoppers, female individuals are considerably larger than males.

Subject:  Curious big-eyed cricket
Geographic location of the bug:  South-West Costa Rica
Date: 07/29/2018
Time: 09:01 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello Mr. Bugman. I am a recently graduated biologist, but insects have never been my strongest part 😛 My father spotted this curious cricket in the SW area of Costa Rica. As you can see, it has an interesting color pattern. I am deeply intrigued by its eyes.
Any help will be much appreciated
How you want your letter signed:  A Biologist in the Making

Taeniophora valleana

Dear Biologist in the Making,
This is a very colorful Grasshopper, not a Cricket, but both Grasshoppers and Crickets are classified together in the order Orthoptera.  We believe we have correctly identified your Grasshopper as
Taeniophora valleana thanks to this FlickR posting.  Here are additional FlickR images.

Taeniophora valleana

Subject:  grashopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Kruger national park,location Letaba
Date: 07/20/2018
Time: 05:34 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please can you help me to determine this grashopper.
Karel Gallas Czech republic
How you want your letter signed:  Karel Gallas

Bird Grasshopper

Dear Karel,
We located this image on FlickR of a Bird Grasshopper,
Ornithacris cyanea, also from Kruger National Park, and it looks very similar to your individual so we suspect that if they are not the same species, they are most likely in the same genus.  There are some beautiful “studio” images of this genus on The Incorrigible Entomologist and Sunday News covers the nutritional value of eating these locusts.

Subject:  Pink Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Osaka Japan
Date: 06/23/2018
Time: 09:45 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I found this beautiful little (1.5 cm) guy trying to hide in some tall grass & wondered if it was one of the rare pink grasshoppers I’ve been reading about, or a normal nymph coloration. Can you help me identify it? Thank you very much for your time!
How you want your letter signed:  Karen

Pink Grasshopper Nymph

Dear Karen,
This really is a pretty little Grasshopper.  All we can state for certain at this time is that it is an immature Grasshopper.  The pink coloration might be normal, it might be a variation (many Orthopterans exhibit unusual pink coloration, especially Katydids), or it might be due to recent molting as the insect’s exoskeleton darkens as it hardens after molting as this unrelated Wheel Bug illustrates.  Kotaku has an image of a different looking pink Grasshopper and provides this information:  “A sixth grader in Gunma Prefecture, Japan recently discovered a pink grasshopper—which is “extremely rare.” It and the boy ended up on NHK, the country’s equivalent of the BBC.  As The Huffington Post points out, not much is known about pink grasshoppers other than it’s thought the mutation is caused due to the grasshopper having too much red pigment and not enough black pigment.”  Though it is not from Japan, Daily Mail has a nice image of an immature pink Grasshopper.  In our opinion, that bold white stripe might be a better identification feature, but we were unable to locate any similar images based on that feature.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Thank you so much for the quick response. I have also not been able to identify it based on the white stripe, but will continue my research. Thanks again, I really appreciate the time & effort you put into this site!

Possible ID for “Pink grasshopper nymph from Japan” (June 23)

— Your letter to the bugman —

I believe this is a nymph of the Rice Grasshopper, Oxya japonica, or a closely related species. See the probable nymph at Nature Love You, the mating pairs at and, the adult eating at, and the adult female at Flickr. Yours,