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Giant Red-winged grasshopper

tropidacris cristata dux


Beautifully colored, yellow and brown striped grasshopper.


I found this specimen while hiking through the Manuel Antonio national park.


Thanks for all the help. This has been identified as a nymph of Tropidacris cristata, the largest grasshopper in Central America!!! Adults lose this pattern but gain enormous red wings.

2 species ID suggestions

Ashish 6 years ago
Giant Red-winged grasshopper
tropidacris cristata dux giant red-winged grasshopper, Tropidacris cristata dux (Orthoptera: Romaleidae)
Zebra grasshopper
Zebratula flavonigra Zebratula flavonigra (Zebra Grasshopper)

46 Comments (1–25)

Wild Things
Wild Things 5 years ago

Beautiful spotting Yasser. Proud to be a part of the growing community. Keep up the good work.

Yasser 5 years ago

Thanks for all the wonderful comments and for all the support. This community is amazing and I've learned so much through it. This grasshopper is a perfect example. I can't wait to see what our community accomplishes next. Onward to 1 million spottings! (by the way, we already have more than 500,000 photos!) :)

MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Great capture!!

Vic 5 years ago

beautifull capture!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 5 years ago

Congrats to everyone who contributed to setup and architect this website like Online Life Encyclopedia....!!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 5 years ago

very nice ! and yes, congratulations to all who are part of PN and thanks to Yasser and the team !!

MartinL 5 years ago

"We built Project Noah to help people reconnect with nature." - Yasser

We have reached ONE QUARTER of a MILLION spottings!
THREE CHEERS for all field naturalists who are part of the PROJECT NOAH community and reconnected with nature.
THANK YOU, thank you, thank you to Yasser and the PN team.
CONGRATULATIONS on reaching this remarkable milestone.

isabellasmurf 6 years ago


Yasser 6 years ago

Thanks Jack! I also updated my brown marmorated stink bug spotting with your reference link.

oxyjack 6 years ago

That is an amazing grasshopper!

DeniseT 6 years ago

Wow! I love the markings on this creature. Beautiful! :D

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Welcome.. Yasser..
This Grasshopper is very fantastic to just see.

bayucca 6 years ago

You believe right! And there are even bigger ones: South America the bro Tropidacris collaris:
And some real big one from Australia which is told to be the real biggest one living...

Yasser 6 years ago

It looks like this is the nymph of the largest grasshopper in Central America! I believe this is the adult here:

Yasser 6 years ago

Thanks bayucca and Ashish! This was a beautiful grasshopper to encounter.

bayucca 6 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Thanks Bayucca... for your comment...are you agree as it is nymph of it..?

bayucca 6 years ago

It is actually the nymph of Tropidacris cristata! Zebratula is an Australian grasshopper and not found in Costa Rica.

Latimeria 6 years ago

You might want to check out this page Yasser, they look similar:

CarolSnowMilne 6 years ago

WOW isn't a strong enough word. Great photo. Beautiful hopper!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 6 years ago

Yes... I really amazed with great colours in Central American Flora and Fauna...Truly amazing...!!

JanSanders 6 years ago


windmustache 6 years ago

Oh my! Awesome!!

mariajo 6 years ago

Preciosas fotos. Un saltamontes muy original

GregMasteller 6 years ago

That is just Crazy!

Puntarenas, Costa Rica

Lat: 9.41, Long: -84.16

Spotted on Jun 6, 2011
Submitted on Jun 30, 2011

Spotted for mission

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