very large grasshoppers
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
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.