Red-wing grasshopper, Tropidacris cristatus

Photo by Bob Thomas, taken in Grand Rivere, Trinidad, November 2010.

Photo by Bob Thomas, Tikal, Guatemala, May 2012.

Photo by Bob Thomas, Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Stann Creek District, Belize, May 2012.

The Red-wing grasshopper is one of the largest grasshoppers in the Neotropics.  Adults are appropriately named.

The nymphs, however, don’t resemble the adults, being black, white, and yellow.  For many years we called them Tiger Grasshoppers.  As in many brightly colored animals, these animals have toxic qualities, as predators quickly learn when they bite them.

This is a widespread species, and we regularly see them in Trinidad, Guatemala, and Belize.

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