The largest grasshopper in the world is the violet-winged grasshopper, Tropidacris collaris. It shares the world record for being the largest grasshopper with Tropidacris cristata, another type of tropical grasshopper. The violet-winged grasshopper hails from Venezuela, but can be found in other countries in the South/Central American region. Here’s a picture from a user on flickr.com:
Agree with first answer. The Romalea Guttata (Lubber Grasshopper) is also one of the largest.
Though technically not a grasshopper, the Giant Weta of New Zealand looks very much like a grasshopper. It also happens to be one of the largest insects in the world. Wetas come in many varieties, large and small, with the giant ones having a wingspan of about 7 inches. This insect is also the inspiration for the Weta Workshop, a New Zealand-based special effects and production company responsible for visual and practical effects for films like “District 9” and the Lord of the Rings series.
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