07.19.2021 Collecting little pieces of Nature here and there

While checking out the milkweed for monarch caterpillars (still none to be seen) I noticed this little grasshopper sitting on a nodding bloom of Fringed Yellow Loosestrife-Lysimachia ciliata.

The Two-striped Grasshopper nymph-Melanoplus bivittatus did not weigh much and the flower Hangs downward naturally.

Two days later I was wandering in MacLeod Field ( home of the Grass Pinks and Rose Pogonias) and came across another.  This one was slightly more mature and had these cute little later instar wings.

“Will you walk with me, Grasshopper?” 


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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18 Responses to 07.19.2021 Collecting little pieces of Nature here and there

  1. The first picture is especially intriguing because the grasshopper is mostly the same shade of green as the leaves (bracts?) it’s on. The image confused me at first because I couldn’t tell what was what belonged to what. That’s a good sort of perplexity.

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  2. picpholio says:

    Nice… I had to look twice for the frist shot 😉

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  3. The nice thing about taking photos is one spots these things when otherwise one would just walk past, they blend in well as your first photo demonstrates nicely!

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    • It does help to be looking for things. In these cases I am definitely looking for insects but often while out I don’t focus on any one nature subject but what is presented to me. It’s an enjoyable pursuit for sure.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    We’re awash in winged loosestrife just now: a pretty lavender version of the plant. I didn’t realize that it comes in yellow, too. Your grasshopper’s eyes has the same speckled appearance as the eyes of the one I recently photographed. I wonder if that’s common across species. It’s really cool.

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  5. Both excellent but I especially like the first the insect and flower … they seem to go together.

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  6. bluebrightly says:

    Very interesting about the wings – I’ve never looked closely enough at grasshoppers, or maybe never thought about that. Thanks for mentioning it.

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