Differential grasshopper by rhoing

Differential grasshopper

On our Butterfly bush (Buddleja). I wonder if the Praying mantis would tangle with a prospective meal this large…

A photo from yesterday was confirmed at BugGuide as “Melanoplus differentialis”, or “Differential Grasshopper”; http://bugguide.net/node/view/1151643

From BugGuide, http://bugguide.net/node/view/5380 »
Forewings, pronotum uniform, without distinctive marks. Black herringbone markings on outer face of hind femora. Yellow hind tibiae.
Capinera's map shows most of U.S. except for southeast, northeast, and northwest. BugGuide has images from the southeast and northeast outside of the Capinera map.

Significant crop pest in the Midwest.”

1 year ago (“Travel day”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2014-09-24
2 years ago (“Pipevine Swallowtail”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2013-09-24
3 years ago (“Humility”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2012-09-24
4 years ago (“Scullers’ paradise!”): http://365project.org/rhoing/365/2011-09-24

Full taxonomy for the Differential grasshopper—
» Insects (class Insecta)
»» Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids (order Orthoptera)
»»» Grasshoppers (suborder Caelifera)
»»»» Short-horned Grasshoppers (family Acrididae)
»»»»» Spur-throated Grasshoppers (subfamily Melanoplinae)
»»»»»» Melanoplini (tribe)
»»»»»»» Melanoplus (genus)
»»»»»»»» Differential Grasshopper (species Melanoplus differentialis)

[ IMG_5636US12x9tm :: f/9 (+1) :: 1/800" :: ISO-800 :: 250mm ]
Yikes I am not a lover of grasshoppers.
October 8th, 2015  
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