Subject: Mystery grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug: Silver City, NM
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
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.