I found this interesting fellow on the edge of a volcanic field on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
Would be very grateful if anybody could me identify it as I've had no luck with online guides, especially given the Canary Islands have a fairly limited pool of possibilities
No success yet. If it helps, the lower picture is in much better detail if you click on it.
I can't see any sign of this species online or in reference books.
I'm heading back to Lanzarote in November and will see if I can find another one in the same spot.
Thanks to everyone who's had a look and tried identifying it.
Well, immature insects may look quite different from the adult ones...
I found a list of the Orthoptera of the Canaries (http://www.azoresbioportal.angra.uac.pt/files/publicacoes_Bland96_ListOrthopteraCanaryIsiands.pdf), and went through the 19 species of grasshoppers found on Lanzarote.
What strikes me is the shape of the pronotum with a peculiar "bump". The same "bump" is seen in Dericorys lobata (but not in the other species on the list). According to the list D lobata occurs in Lanzarote, possibly as two subspecies (D lobata luteipes is said to be occasional), which obviously (according to the photos) are quite variable in colour (and also between the sexes).
On http://www.pyrgus.de/Dericorys_lobata.html it says "Die Larven sind sehr variabel (grün bis braun oder rotbraun)", which translates to "The nymphs/larvae are very variable (green to brown or red-brown)" and on that page are two pictures of a nymph. It is much greener than yours, but it says "grüner variante"="green variant".
Wow! Great investigative skills!
You can see the pink tinges in this nymph picturehttp://www.pyrgus.de/Dericorys_lobata.html#
and that prominent bump on the pronotum pretty much seals it for me.
Can spend more time surfing and less time bug hunting in Lanzarote this time
Thank you Episcophagus!