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very large grasshoppers
Hi Guys,
Recently my girl and I visited Cancun. I was mentioning to her about the pretty little birds flying from the trees to the fifth floor of the hotel balcony. On the second day I realized they were some sort of grasshopper, all green, about 4" long with a red body under its wings only visible when they flew. What the heck are they?
Paul, Boston, MA

Hi Paul,
We are not really familiar with Mexican Grasshoppers, but we have a large American species, the Green Valley Grasshopper, Schistocerca shoshone, that is big and travels in devastating hordes, severely damaging grasslands. We do love your photo though.

Hi Bugman,
Any ideas what this pretty looking caterpillar might be? I spotted him in south central Texas, and haven’t had any luck identifying him. I sent it to you a while ago but it probably got lost in the mix. For fun, here is a picture of a grasshopper I discovered hanging out 20 stories up. He spent a couple days hanging around my window, but finally got tired of staring at me and left.
Thanks bugman! Love your site!
Emily Heimerman
San Antonio, Texas

Sorry for the delay Emily,
We do not have an exact identification on your caterpillar. We suspect it is immature and often caterpillar photos are of the final instar before pupation. It is very common for caterpillars to change colors and markings between molts. We really love your image of the Highrise Grasshopper, which appears to be a member of the genus Schistocerca, which includes migratory locusts.

An interesting, colorful little grasshopper. Spotted in Austin TX, in my back yard in June of 2001. Nothing like it in my insect field guide. This fellow was small. Grasshoppers are not my forte 🙂

Hi Jim,
Thanks for the photo of the colorful nymph. Sadly, most identification guides do not picture immature insects, and they often are not colored like the adults. We can’t help you with a species name either. The closest guess we can venture is perhaps the Painted Grasshopper, Dactylotum bicolor. Adults have similar coloration, but the pattern is different. It is found in Texas.

Ed. Note
July 1, 2010
We just identified this immature Aztec Spur Throated Grasshopper,
Aidemona azteca, on BugGuide.

2nd grasshopper For tonight’s second contribution, another grasshopper. Again, in Austin TX. Closest I can come in the Insect field guide I have is Melanoplus ponderosus, a spur-throated grasshopper.

Thanks for you grasshopper photos Jim. We suspect this is an Alutacea Bird Grasshopper, Schistocerca alutacea. The distinguishing feature, not visible in your photo, is a yellow midline stripe. This grasshopper has several color variations, including greenish yellow to dark greenish brown. Fore wings are blackish yellow and hind tibia are red to green, or reddish yellow, bright yellow (like your photo), or black.

I found this bug while I was burning the trash. It was hopping away when I found it.Can you tell me what it is. Sorry for the bag picture camera was going dead.

Looks like the silhouette of a Slender Mexican Grasshopper, Leptysma mexicana. It reaches about 1 1/4 inches in length and occurs in small numbers in various parts of California.

But I live in Louisiana then what could it be?

A related species, Leptysma marginicollis lives in the South.

Dear What’s that Bug,
On vacation a few weeks ago we spotted quite a big, wonderful insect, but we’re note able to find it in any of our books. Can you tell more about it ? The most impressing thing was it’s size, it’s really huge for an insect I think… We found it in the french pyrenees at about 1800 mtr height, walking in the grass. It looks grasshopper-like at first glance. has six green legs, but the hind legs are not really bigger then te rest as with regular grasshoppers. It didn’t seem to jump, just walked. The body is mainly green with yellowish segments or rings, totally about 5 or 6 cm long, 1.5 cm thick. No wings, and a large scary-looking brown ‘needle’ at it’s back (about 2 cm long ?). Head and body are separated by a brownish stiff-looking joint. Any idea what this could be ?

Dear Ico,
My guess is a member of the order Orthoptera, which includes crickets, grasshoppers, mantids and the like. No wings implies an immature or nymph stage. It could be a walking stick or even a French praying "preying" mantis. A more detainled description, or better yet, a photo, would help.

I saw that someone asked about a bug spotted in the French Pyrenees. It seems to be the same kind we saw this autumn. See image at the bottom of: . After some investigations we found that it is a female Ephippiger Ephippiger (I think it is called saddle-backed bush cricket in English) The brown "stick" is the egg laying tube.
Jorun Boklöv