Locust from Spain

Subject: Bug Identification
Location: Denia, Alicante, Spain
February 18, 2014 8:18 am
Hi Bug People,
Wonder whether you can help with the identification of this one.
Had various sightings of the attached type over the last few years in Costa Blanca Spain. This one was pictured on 18/02/14, but we have seen them throughout the summer. This one is approx 8cm from nose to tail exluding antenae. Have fished a few out of the pool.
Signature: Andy Ball


Dear Andy,
We have not had any luck tracking down a species name for your Grasshopper, but we did track down this interesting article from Science Daily on the changes in appearance within the same unnamed species when it goes from a solitary existence to being a social hoard of Desert Locusts that devouring all vegetation in its path.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to substantiate if this is a Desert Locust, 
Schistocerca gragaria, which is pictured on the National Education Network Gallery.

Hi Daniel,
Many thanks for feedback. Sounds very scary! Would welcome any further confirmation of species.

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