Giant Grasshoppers in Cancun

Hi there, great site!
I took this photo today of a grasshopper on the screen door of my Cancun house. I saw that someone else wrote to you a few weeks back with his own picture which was kind of distant, so I thought you might enjoy a closer shot. I have no idea what kind it is, but apparently they are pretty common this time of year (although I haven’t seen any quite THIS big) and come in brown and green.
Good job with your site, I have it bookmarked!
Grey Todd

Thanks Todd,
We can’t postively identify the species, but Paul can:

mexican grasshopper
(02/05/2005) Hi,
I study entomology at the University of Texas at El Paso and was browsing the web when I came across a picture on your site of a large mexican grasshopper that you didn’t have identified. I caught a specimen of the same genus in Guatemala this last summer. It is actually in the lubber family Romaleidae and the genus is Tropidacris which includes the largest grasshoppers on earth.
Paul Lenhart

2 thoughts on “Giant Grasshoppers in Cancun”

  1. A very large green grasshopper flew onto out 7th-floor balcony this week while in Cancun. We’d never seen one that large. I have a good photo that I can share for identification.


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