Brazilian Short-Horned Grasshopper
Some Orthoptera are among the most destructive of insects, while others are most revered for their songs. This Order of insects include grasshoppers, locusts, crickets, and katydids.
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.