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Friday, September 21, 2012

ONE BIG GRASSHOPPER

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.

5 comments:

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.