Dissosteira carolina

Common Names: Carolina grasshopper, Carolina locust, black-winged grasshooper, road-duster, quaker
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Grasshoppers

One of the largest grasshoppers in North America at 32 to 58 mm in length and is a conspicuous species because of its size, colorful wings, and because it habitually flies over dirt roads and other bare ground. The spread wings of the males measures 75mm across while that of the females 80 to 102mm. They can be identified by their brownish-black wings with yellow margins and a ridge running down the back and because of its large size and rather lazy bobbing flight it is often mistaken for a butterfly. The tegmina are colored in shades of tan, brown or grey and match the general body color and have faint speckles.

Found near bare ground, roadsides, and fields.

Edible Notes: While not commonly consumed in the United States, grasshoppers are edible and consumed in other parts of the world. They must be cooked to prevent pathogens and the legs should be removed before eating. There is information available online on how to properly prepare grasshoppers for eating.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.