I was out hiking with my friend when we ran across what I presume to be a grasshopper. It didn't seem very startled by our presence, and we were able to get some pretty cool pictures. I've been having trouble finding out what species it is. I was hiking near Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the grasshopper was about 1 - 1.5 inches in size. It was about midday when I saw it. enter image description here

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Biology.SE! Please take the (tour)[biology.stackexchange.com/tour]. Can you add some more detail to the post - where you saw this insect, when, and what size it was? $\endgroup$
    – arboviral
    Jul 1, 2017 at 21:23

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It's what's called a Rainbow or Painted Grasshopper (Dactylotum bicolor).

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You can learn more at Bug Guide Species Dactylotum bicolor (where the picture is found) or Wikipedia' article on Dactylotum bicolor. The colour and pattern is very unmistakable.

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    $\begingroup$ I edited to add a picture (as is the custom when identifying something. Hope that's ok. :) $\endgroup$ Jul 2, 2017 at 1:19
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    $\begingroup$ Perfectly fine if you edit it. I don't have enough time to help out in that department on SE so if others do, I'm only too happy for the help! $\endgroup$
    – Jude
    Jul 2, 2017 at 1:27

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