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Subject :  Who is this gem?
Geographic location of the bug:  Florida [Late Spring]
Date: 06/03/2018
Time: 04:49 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello! My uncle posted this picture on Facebook of a strange bug he found hanging upside down from a plant. While I’m usually good at identifying the odd critter he comes across, this one has completely stumped me. Would you happen to know this mystery bug? Thank you!!
How you want your letter signed:  Vexed in Virginia

Molting Eastern Lubber

Dear Vexed in Virginia,
This is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, and we suspect the reason you are having difficulty identifying it is that it is in the process of molting.  The legs that are hanging from the branch are part of the exoskeleton that is sloughed off when the insect molts.  The hanging legs are the actual insect that has not yet fully emerged from its exuvia, or shed exoskeleton.

Subject:  Big cricket
Geographic location of the bug:  Kendall, South Florida
Date: 05/06/2018
Time: 10:59 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I recently noticed this interesting insectos in my backyard and I would like to know what it is. I truly appreciate your time to answer my question.  Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Neil

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

Dear Neil,
This is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, and it appears to be an immature individual.  They are usually found in groups rather than individually.

Thank you so much for your prompt answer. You are right, it does seem to be a little slow and isolated. You have a great day!

Subject:  Stripey black and white Grasshopper?
Geographic location of the bug:  Bullsbrook area, Perth, Western Australia
Date: 04/07/2018
Time: 01:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi! I found this cute looking little guy in my front yard and I cant seem to identify him.  Thank you for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Taylah


Dear Taylah,
We have not had any luck providing you with a species identification.  We could not locate any similar looking Grasshoppers on the Esperance Fauna page nor on the Brisbane Insect site.  The bulbous eyes on your individual are quite distinctive. 


Subject:  What is this? Can it hurt me?
Geographic location of the bug:  Holiday, Florida
Date: 04/02/2018
Time: 01:56 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Am visiting a friend and we saw this on the back fence. It’s maybe 1/2 inch long, stays in a small group. They haven’t left the fence for days. Is it dangerous, poisonous, to dogs? What is it?
How you want your letter signed:  Victoria M.

Eastern Lubber Nymphs

Dear Victoria,
These are the nymphs of the Eastern Lubber Grasshopper, a flightless species found in the southeast.  According to BugGuide:  “Juveniles (nymphs) tend to stick together in groups near a food source. (This probably enhances the effectiveness of their warning coloration.)” and “
Adults are flightless. Coloration is aposematic (warning), apparently this species is distasteful to vertebrate predators. When disturbed, it will spread its wings, hiss, and secrete a smelly fluid from its spiracles.  In some regions individuals are prevalently black, in others orange or yellow.

Subject:  Katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Ghostmountain Lodge, Mkuze
Date: 03/27/2018
Time: 08:30 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
The creature I made a photo of “walked” in the garden of the Ghostmountain Lodge in Mkuze, when I was there on December the 24th last year. I would love to know the name of it. Many thanks in advance
Yours sincerely,
How you want your letter signed:  C.P.

3:56 AM
Dear sir/madam,
Since my request at you to determine the name of the cricket I send you, I search the internet myself some more and just now I came across the name of the creature: it’s a Slant-Faced Grasshopper, Acrida exaltata I believe. So you do not have to look any further. Thank you.
Kind regards,


Common Stick Grasshopper

Dear C.P.
We are happy you have identified your Slant Faced Grasshopper.  Based on the image posted to Know Your Insects, we agree with at least the genus.  We will attempt additional research.  BioDiversity India does not list South Africa as part of the global range of the species.  Most observations on iSpot are only identified to the genus level and those that are identified to the species are
Acrida acuminata, called the Common Stick Grasshopper on iSpot.

Subject:  assumed cicada, but possibly something else?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brooks, Alberta, Canada (Dinosaur Provincial Park
Date: 03/27/2018
Time: 08:59 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  For overlanding camping/adventure site,  and for accuracy’s sake, would like accurate confirmation of insect. Apologies for unclear photo. Best guess will be appreciated.  If it helps, this creature was really loud! This is a “Badlands” site, temps at the time were 39C and higher. Any info will be appreciated.
How you want your letter signed:  Tobi

Crackling Locust

Dear Tobi,
This is a Grasshopper, not a Cicada.  You may visit our Cicada page to see some examples of what a Cicada looks like.  According to Songs of Insects:  “there is one group, the slant-faced grasshoppers, that are known for their soft and muffled songs. Males of this group ‘fiddle their tunes’ by rubbing pegs on the inner surface of their hind femurs against the edges of their forewings. Another group, the band-winged grasshoppers, make an entirely different kind of sound. Males, and sometimes females, make loud snapping or crackling sounds with their wings as they fly, especially during courtship flights. This unique mode of sound production is called ‘crepitation,’ the snapping sounds apparently being produced when the membranes between veins are suddenly popped taut (band-wings also stridulate, but their songs are typically weak and subtle).”  Our best guess is that this is a Band-Winged Grasshopper from the subfamily Oedipodinae and you can view many species on BugGuide where it states:  “Many make crackling, buzzing, or ticking sounds when they fly (crepitate).”  There is not enough detail in your image to make a species identification, but based on your location and its name, we suspect this might be a Crackling Locust,
Trimerotropis verruculata verruculata, which is pictured on BugGuide.