Post last updated: March 4th, 2018
The website of the University of Florida IFAS Extension claims this is the Obscure grasshopper, Schistocerca obscura (Fabricius), which comes in conflict with humans because of its fondness for ornamentals such as hibiscus, which is exactly where I found it. The species is a strong flier known as “bird” grasshoppers some of which swarm as locusts.
The day I shot this grasshopper with my camera was his lucky day. I didn’t kill him.