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Agreed - Schistocerca americana. For a US species, it's quite large. Of course, there are much bigger tropical grasshoppers such as Tropidacris cristata that are the length of your hand, and have wingspans of up to 8 inches -

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7253/7463506030_1fcda6face_b.jpg

 

Katydids can be even more massive. The giant helmeted katydid (Siliquofera grandis) is probably the largest flying orthopteran (very bulky, and a wingspan of 10 inches) -

http://www.wildborneo.com.my/images/cld1414039.jpg

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The giant helmeted katydid (Siliquofera grandis) is probably the largest flying orthopteran (very bulky, and a wingspan of 10 inches) -

 

That has now reached first place on my wish list. Does anyone know of a person who sells Siliquofera grandis?!?!?!?!?!? I can try to build an aviary for it...

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That has now reached first place on my wish list. Does anyone know of a person who sells Siliquofera grandis?!?!?!?!?!? I can try to build an aviary for it...

I've never heard of this species being kept in captivity, but it has a rather wide range, being found from New Guinea to Borneo to Malaysia. Breeding it in captivity would certainly be a notable achievement. Pseudophyllus titan (Thailand) is another very large tropical katydid -

https://c1.staticflickr.com/4/3766/10623614646_8521a33d31_b.jpg

Also, the Giant Long-legged Katydid (Macrolyristes corporalis), from Malaysia -

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ChMUezsU8AQLrmN.jpg





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Nice !!!

Wish i could take one to the 2017 taipei insect show

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Agreed - Schistocerca americana. For a US species, it's quite large. Of course, there are much bigger tropical grasshoppers such as Tropidacris cristata that are the length of your hand, and have wingspans of up to 8 inches -

 

https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7253/7463506030_1fcda6face_b.jpg

 

Katydids can be even more massive. The giant helmeted katydid (Siliquofera grandis) is probably the largest flying orthopteran (very bulky, and a wingspan of 10 inches) -

 

http://www.wildborneo.com.my/images/cld1414039.jpg

I remember many large Orthopterans every where when I went to Belize a few years ago. Unfortunately, I was a lot younger and not as into entomology as I am now, so I think of it as sort of a wasted trip...

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