Saturday, September 09, 2006

The joy of grasshoppers

I never get tired of looking at all the colors that gray bird grasshoppers can be. The adults are always the same dull brownish-gray, but the young ones have tremendous variation.

Usually, they are masters of camoflauge, but on these magenta-colored leaves, they just can't come close. This plant at the arboretum is always a good place to find them.

This guy has leg spots to match the markings on the leaves.

I especially like the dusty gray ones.

Here's a "basic green" one, illuminated from behind by the setting sun, just like the leaf.

There is even variation in the green ones. This one had darker green highlights.
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