A photograph shows a colorful rainbow grasshopper

Fake news claim: A viral image shared on social media shows a colorful grasshopper; the message states Rainbow Grasshopper from Costa Rica. 

Examples of viral posts in circulation on Social Media like WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.

Facts Check Verdict: False  

News Verification: The image shared on social media claiming to be a colorful grasshopper is not true. The post has more than 30k shares on social media.

The image is available on the website designcrowd, as a part of a Photoshop contest. The contest titled as “Color Blind 15

The contest has received 56 Photoshop submissions from 48 creatives.”

This photoshop contest is now closed. 48 creatives participated. View results.

'Color Blind 15' - Open photoshop contest is now closed. The contest received 56 submissions from 48 creatives.


Rainbow grasshopper facts: Dactylotum bicolor grasshopper or multi-colored grasshopper, also known as the rainbow grasshopper, painted grasshopper, or the barber pole grasshopper, is a species of grasshopper in the family Acrididae. It is native to the United States, Canada and northern Mexico and exhibits aposematism. 

As shared by a social media user, the true Rainbow Grasshopper of Costa Rica is Dactylotum bicolor and it doesn't look anything like this one.

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Ashwin Roy is an Indian fact-checker and news writer, writing news for Ayupp since 2014.

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