locust or grasshopper?
Can you help us identify these? There were thousands of them at the City of Rocks in New Mexico this weekend. they averaged about 3 inches in length and were brightly colored a sharp contrast to the light brown grasshoppers we typically see here in the area. thanks

Hi Kristin,
We believe this is a Plains Lubber Grasshopper in the genus Brachystola. This genus has not been represented on our site until your submission. Though BugGuide doesn’t have many specifics on the genus, the Family Romaleidae is characterized as having: “Most species are large with shortened wings, often brightly marked “

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