Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper

Subject: Strange bug.
Location: North East Florida
March 15, 2014 3:43 pm
Saw this strange bug on the hood of my Step Dad’s car. It is about 3 inches long and appears to have only 4 legs. I’ve never seen anything like this before. What on Earth is it?
Signature: Brandon

Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper
Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper

Dear Brandon,
This sure looks like a Cattail Toothpick Grasshopper,
Leptysma marginicollis, to us.  According to BugGuide, it:  “Inhabits wet areas, and is usually found on emergent vegetation such as cattails and sedges.” 

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