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Giant Red-winged Grasshopper

Tropidacris cristata

Description:

This is one of the nymphal stages of a giant red-winged grasshopper. Even at this stage, it is large, about 2½" - 3" long, and brilliantly marked yellow and black. It likely tastes nasty, and this is warning coloration. As an adult, it could be 6-7" long, one of the largest grasshoppers in the world. Photo #4 is the transparent exoskeleton, cast off when the nymph outgrew it.

Habitat:

Spotted in underbrush in the humid rainforest of the Maya Mt. foothills in western Belize

Notes:

I often find a single red underwing lying in the underbrush, dinner leftovers of some satisfied bird.

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2 Comments

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 3 years ago

Beautiful!

Irene Brady
Irene Brady 3 years ago

Thanks Stacy. Glad you enjoyed it. I think series are my forte.

staccyh
staccyh 3 years ago

Great series.

Irene Brady
Spotted by
Irene Brady

Belmopan, Cayo, Belize

Lat: 16.99, Long: -89.05

Spotted on Jul 7, 2015
Submitted on Feb 7, 2016

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