Giant Grasshopper (Tropidacris dux)

Pricing: Dead (spread, as pictured): $40-$50 (male):$60-$80 (female), depending on size.
Geographic Range: Northern South America
View: Top View  Sex: Female
Size: Wingspan: 25cm

Availability Notes: Giant females (as pictured) are rare and cost more then the listed price.

Images Copyright 2003
Barbara Strnadova

Called in it's native domain the 'Giant Brown Cricket', Tropidacris dux is actually a grasshopper, just a truly gigantic grasshopper . T. dux is the largest of the Tropidacris genus. With it's huge wingspan, it is a wonder to behold in flight and has been felled with a shotgun by hunters who mistook them for birds. T. dux are listed as pests of banana, citrus and mango in many countries .