Can you tell what type of grasshopper this is? I saw it out at UCSB West Campus.
Thanks for sharing your grasshopper. This is is an adult of one of the band-winged grasshoppers (family Acrididae, subfamily Oedipodinae), probably the species Trimerotropis pallidipennis, the Pallid-winged Grasshopper, judging by the pattern, coloration, and overall proportions. Members of this subfamily are called band-winged grasshoppers because their hind wing, hidden by the front wing at rest, often reveals a black band bordering striking colors when unfolded. This can be seen when these grasshoppers make one of their distinctive flying leaps, often accompanied by a loud crackling noise (called crepitation) produced when the membranes between the veins in the hind wings are suddenly popped taut. Trimerotropis pallidipennis reveals a pale yellowish hind wing, but other local members can display orange, pink, red, green, or even bright blue hind wings!
Schlinger Chair and Curator of Entomology Matthew Gimmel, Ph.D.