Friday, September 21, 2012


As I stepped out my back door this afternoon, I spotted this invader clinging to a vertical wall.

The stucco seemed to support his sticky feet well and he allowed me to come in quite close.

The grasshopper seems like a prehistoric creature with his armor and barbs.  I contemplated him for awhile as he returned the favor.

Although he was huge for his species - about two inches tip to tip - my size dwarfed him and possibly made him nervous as I snapped photos only an inch or so from his face.  When he began to move his legs, adjusting his position, probably preparing to leap, I backed off and left him alone.  As I write these words, he is most likely devouring one of our plants.


Stephen Hayes said...

Seen up close, this is an amazing creature.

Thérèse said...

Incredible view... we have them here too: green ones. This one seems to be ready for a climbing competition!

Steve said...

Good photos.

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Good shot!

Cupcake Murphy said...

That guy is the size of a Chevy.