Unkown Texas Grasshopper
June 9, 2010
These grasshoppers, like the other grasshoppers in my neighborhood, appear in the summer and stay until fall. I call them ‘Chubbyhoppers’, due to their somewhat rounded appearance, but I have decided to find out what they are actually called. They appear in brown and green, and get about 1/2 inch to 1 and 3/4 inches long. They also appear to be a food for local katydids, as I saw a katydid eat one. I think these are nymphs, as they have underdeveloped wings, but I have seen winged versions of the same grasshopper. What is confusing, though, is I never see these winged ones longer than 1 inch. My picture of the brown form is clear, but the green one may be to blurry. Please help me find out what this grasshopper is called! (P.S. I am including a picture of the winged o ne, too.)
New Braunfels, Texas, USA
We only have time to post your letter, and we will try to identify the species of these cute Grasshopper nymphs later.