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Band-winged Grasshopper (first instar)

Lactista gibbosus


Quad-colored grasshopper nymph. There is a thick, white band in the middle that extends to all six legs. The bottom half of the head and pronotum is black. The rear of the legs and abdomen is red. The top of the head and antennae are a light tan. The adult is quite variable in appearance. A dark version can be seen at: and a light at:


Coast Sage Scrub on a dirt trail during a wildlife transect survey at Blue Sky Ecological Reserve.


Possibly Lactista gibbosus but Bug Guide is still deliberating.

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Poway, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 27, 2014
Submitted on Apr 27, 2014

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