Subject: Grasshopper Needs a Name
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
August 24, 2016 11:59 am
While roaming around Winding Waters Natural Area in West Palm Beach, Florida, I found this grasshopper hanging out in the tall grass. He (or she) posed for several pictures and even waved to the camera! This natural area is full of American bird grasshoppers but I don’t think this grasshopper is from that family. Any ideas? Thanks for providing an awesome bug identification service – I always learn something new when I visit your site.
Signature: Ann Mathews
We did not think that such a distinctive green Grasshopper with red antennae and blue tibiae would be that difficult to properly identify, but we were wrong. After trying for some time on BugGuide, we decided to post it as unidentified and to elicit assistance from our readership.
I’m with you on the “oh, this should be an easy critter to identify” mindset. When I got back to the office and saw I actually had some decent pictures of the grasshopper I thought it would be a piece of cake to do the identification. Hopefully someone seeing this post will be able to give this distinctive insect its proper name. Until then, I will call it Gerry the Grasshopper.
Palm Beach County
Department of Environmental Resources Management
Update: Chortophaga viridifasciata australior
Thanks to a comment from Cesar Crash, we agree that this looks like it might be Chortophaga viridifasciata australior which is pictured on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “The hind tibiae are brown or bluish green.”