Thursday, September 3, 2009

Eastern Lubber Grasshopper

I spotted this Eastern Lubber nymph back in June.Grasshopper 027cs

This is one of the early stages of this grasshoppers life.Grasshopper 030cs

It’s coloring is beautiful.  I think it was about 1 1/2 inches long.

Today I had one on the screened room. This one is much bigger, about 3 inches.075cs

I think they go through 5 stages in life. They are black as nymphs then change colors a bit. This is an adult but still has another stage where it will have more black.


I cant say I’d call them pretty…this is a face only a mother could love, but the more I look at it …the better it gets.112cs

Looks like something from a Sci-fi movie.  They really shine…like they polished up for the pictures.


He’s decided I’ve taken enough pictures and is slowly making his escape.



  1. Another gorgeous example of nature. The colors are so bright and shiny. You're so right about the face being almost alien.

  2. These are supurb shots! I'm just glad that grasshoppers are so little! He really does look like something out of a Sci Fi movie. Yoiks!

  3. I particularly like that last shot. It is indeed a dapper fellow.
    I saw some cooked once at a bug festival...they are much prettier alive ;)

  4. Great close-up shots, Carol. I've never seen coloring or markings like that. Very nice photography.

  5. What amazing markings and colours.
    I've never seen anything like that here before.
    Beautiful pictures.

  6. I love those patterns on his wings in the last shot. Even "creepy" critters can be beautiful!


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