Brazilian Short-Horned Grasshopper

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Common Name: Short-Horned Grasshopper

Order Name: Orthoptera

Family Name: Acrididea

As a ground dweller feeding on organic material on the forest floor, this Brazilian grasshopper come equipped with formidable spines lining the tibia of the powerful hind legs. Presumably as the result of a previous struggle, this hopper has lost it’s left hind leg. This grasshopper also relies on camouflage with the leaf litter for protection. Notice the prominent crested pronotum. This can become quite exaggerated in some species.