Thursday, August 16, 2007

A bunch of baby grasshoppers

This morning, as I set out to water my "totem pole" cactus...

I was surprised to find a bunch of tiny grasshopper hatchlings clustered at the top of it!

These are gray bird nymphs, and the mother shoves her ovipositor down into the earth to lay her eggs. It's my guess that she shoved it into the dry soil of the cactus pot.

A number of the nymphs had made their way to nearby plants as well. Look at this fuzzy little guy!
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