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Cornfield Grasshopper

Sphenarium purpurascens


About 23mm body length. Green colouration with dark and red markings, stocky overall appearance, due to the relatively short abdomen and absence of wings. This species is a common food throughout Mexico.


Semi-arid region in central Mexico, at about 1800 m.a.s.l


Locally known as "chapulín".

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Tukup 7 months ago

Thanks Felix. I haven't put any of them on, concentrating more on spottings I can ID. Around 25-30% of my spottings that have been identified are first time on PN. I'm trying to keep that rate to get new stuff on. I have some posted that aren't ID'd and a bunch more that I haven't posted that I have no idea what they are. I'll try to pick out some unique grasshoppers and post them. Thanks for the tip.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 months ago

Hey, @Tukup Grasshoppers are tricky, in particular the Amazon region. However there's a guy on iNaturalist who's pretty good at IDing them. I'll have a look at your spottings.

Tukup 7 months ago

I envy you being able to identify a grasshopper Felix. From all I've heard, it is almost impossible to get them down to the Genus species level. I have even stopped taking pictures of all the grasshoppers we have in Ecuador as I cannot identify them. Do you have a reference (other than Wikipedia) that helps identify grasshoppers? Thanks for sharing this one.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck 7 months ago

Thanks, Ross!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 8 months ago

Beautiful spotting, Felix. Wonderful photo too!

Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Santiago de Querétaro, Querétaro, Mexico

Spotted on Oct 9, 2020
Submitted on Oct 16, 2020

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