Great Crested Grasshopper Nymph

Subject:  Mystery grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Silver City, NM
Date: 09/23/2021
Time: 06:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman :  I found this grasshopper while walking up a wash in Silver City. I’ve never seen one like it before. Can you identify it for me?
How you want your letter signed:  Karen Nakakihara

Great Crested Grasshopper nymph

Dear Karen,
Thanks for resending your image.  This beauty is a Great Crested Grasshopper nymph,
Tropidolophus formosus, and we identified it on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide its habitat is  “Dry low-elevation grasslands and desert grasslands” and it “Feeds on low-growing Malvaceae shrubs such as Malvastrum and Sphaeralcea.”  Your image is beautiful.

Thanks for IDing both my submissions. I appreciate the work you do.

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