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Photo#4443
Toothpick Grasshopper - Achurum carinatum - male

Toothpick Grasshopper - Achurum carinatum - Male
Hobe Sound, Florida, USA
June 27, 2004
Shot at Jonathan Dickinson State Park.

Okay, all of the Toothpick hoppers I've encountered have been shades of brown. Then I spy this brightly colored one in the greener areas of the trail. Perhaps it is a different species or a nymph?

What a coincidence
I was just at Johnathan Dickinson SP today and shot a photo of this guy. Unfortunately my image is in RAW format and I can't figure out how to get them off my camera :-(

coloration, quote from Grasshoppers of Florida
Well, I've no experience with this species--doesn't occur this far north. Grasshoppers of Florida says: "It is pale brown or grayish brown, often with the forewings and legs partly green." Seems like yours is a bit more green.

According to that reference, this is the only species (Achurum carinatum) in its genus in the southeast. I did write a species-level guide. Perhaps Troy will move your wonderful photos under that when he gets a chance.

Great photos. Now I'm itching to get down to the Jupiter area again.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

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