Tag Archives: orthoptera

08.29.2021 Sunday Night with the Hopper

Lots of insects at the wet meadow this morning.  This hopper was my first encounter. Red-legged Grasshopper-Melanoplus femurrubrum I continue to be impressed with this 180+2.o combo.  These are pretty common and can be large enough in numbers to be … Continue reading

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08.24.2021 Two-fer Tuesday

Two-fer Tuesday means two of something…actually I first heard it on the radio when they would play two tunes by the same artist/group. And there likely will be two posts today.  In this case it’s two “bugs”. Northern Flatid Planthopper-Flatormenis … Continue reading

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08.11.2021-2 Armored Vehicle

Kind of stretching things but this was taken in my garage.  The grasshopper was dragging around some debris that was stuck to it by spider silk and struggling to get free, rolling and tumbling-not like Muddy Waters .  The kindly … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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11.18.2020 Wednesday Warmth

I am organizing the archives on this cold (31°F) November morning.  Not as cold as it will be tonight (16°F) and only a little colder than today’s high (35°F) but a chilly start. Bentley crawled back under the covers after … Continue reading

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09.07.2020-2 Monday Macro-Up Close and Personal with a Red-legged Grasshopper

I posted something similar a bit ago of this same species but like this shot enough to share another. I had to employ the same strategy to get this shot, encouraging it to move around fully exposed to the camera. … Continue reading

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09.05.2020 Short-winged Meadow Katydid

These may be short-winged but that certainly does not describe their antennae. Conocephalus brevipennis  I received the diffusers for the twin flash and they seem to reduce the specular highlights a fair amount. This has been a good year for insect … Continue reading

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08.24.2020 Macro Monday-Spidah and Grasshoppah

The 180 came back last week and this weekend was my first time out with it.  Saturday was a big disappointment.  Pretty much every image was not very good as a result of everything coated with so much dew that … Continue reading

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08.11.2020 Katydid say I could make this portrait

Maybe a different or possibly the same Fork-tailed Bush Katydid-Scudderia furcata I previously posted. Just hanging out on one of our milkweed leaves waiting for dark and the concert to begin. Handheld with the 40D plus twin flash.

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08.19.2015 Melanoplus femurrubrum

As far as I can tell, these Red-legged Grasshoppers (Melanoplus femurrubruml are our most ubiquitous orthopteran in my locale.  I rarely see another but I am not beating the bushes looking for them either.  How the red-legged grasshopper got his name … Continue reading

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