Schistocerca damnifica, the Mischievous bird grasshopper;
Volusia county, Florida (04 January 2015).
Arguably the finest damn name in all of Orthoptera. Say it with me: Schistocerca… DAMNIFICA! That is one hell of an excellent name. Damn! The Mischievous bird grasshopper is fairly abundant in my home territory –I see them regularly-, but I don’t really know why they’re called “mischievous.” They’re pretty shy and wily, as most grasshoppers tend to be. Not nearly as mischievous as their lubber cousins. The damn definitely applies, though, because Damn! Looks at that sucker go!