Black grasshopper with red trim - Romalea microptera -
Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, USA May 20, 2004
I have also seen these in Florida over the last month or so, in earlier stages of development. Still a juvenile - it hasn't got its wings - but this was pretty large, around 1". Trawling around for similar photos I suspect it is a lubber grasshopper (Romalea) - can anyone confirm? Not visible in this shot is a red stripe down the center of its back.
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