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While spreading black plastic and rocks to deter weeds next year as suggested by several fellow gardeners on my blog, a helper hopped onto the black plastic next to me. (He really wasn't much help) A Lubber grasshopper. They must run in cycles because I haven't seen any of these guys since 2006. I already have a picture of one on the site but this one is even more detailed. They are about 4 inches long.



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amazing colours

19 Sep, 2008

 

I've never seen a multi coloured grasshopper like this.

19 Sep, 2008

 

difficult to believe these insects are real, this one really looks like a toy!
You seem to have lots of varieties, are they always with you?

19 Sep, 2008

 

This is only the second time I've seen this kind in the 3 years I.ve lived here but they do come in droves. Even if I can't have the most colorful garden, I have some of the most colorful garden pests.

19 Sep, 2008

lyd
Lyd
 

lol thats a great way to look at it :-)

19 Sep, 2008

 

He has a Cloak made of Steel! wings of fine wool,and legs made of Wicker, One of Natures Finest..I wouldn't want him in my garden tho :))

19 Sep, 2008

 

He looks beautiful!

19 Sep, 2008

 

I reckon he heard that your skunk had gone into the wild.
Thought you needed a new pet.

19 Sep, 2008

 

What a super duper insect! Fabulous colours looks like a toy!!

19 Sep, 2008

 

Youngdaisydee, LOL that was pretty funny......and Terratoonie, I don't need any new pets; especially the armored kind....

19 Sep, 2008

 

glad we don't have anything like this at home-but beautiful all the same!

20 Sep, 2008

 

What a creature! Wonderful colors but I don't want him near me!

21 Sep, 2008

 

Fantastic close-up Skippy ! What an amazing color palette they have ! Ours certainly pale in comparison !

25 Sep, 2008

 

Wow! 4 inches! That is a huge hopper! They must devestate the garden if it is a heavy year for them...

27 Sep, 2008

 

Actually the first time they came, they did strip my sweet brooms but this year my cats are chasing them and have kept them in check, so far. Time will tell.

27 Sep, 2008

 

At that size I can imagine that the cats would find them irresistible....they look almost "manufactured" somehow a perfect design...professionally coloured! A pest perhaps ...but one of nature's beauties!

8 Nov, 2008

 

Thanks for all your comments, it is an amazing grasshopper.

Lori,
the cats only played with them minimally. They didn't respond well enough to interest the cats so they went looking for lizards instead...

8 Nov, 2008

 

I know that the large brown grasshoppers I caught as a kid, would secrete from their mouth a brown sticky liquid (we used to call it tobacco juice!) that is supposedly bitter and discouraging for predators who would like to make a meal of them... perhaps that's why the cats lost interest.??

8 Nov, 2008

 

Could be..I hadn't thought about it...thinking back on my childhood, we used to call it tobacco juice, too....I haven't handled any of these guys so I don't know if they secrete anything or not....When they were here in 2006, my niece's kids caught them all the time..believe me as whiney as those two little girls were at the time, they would have wasted no time in complaining about anything that was yucky...

8 Nov, 2008

 

that is something else how amazing

6 May, 2009

 

i believegrasshoppers dont live long so actualy realy come of there own when there staple food ie grass is at its tallest which tallies up with this ones wonderfull colour. just plenty of food and plenty of hight.id say they are seasonal insects like dune bugs and a lot of insects.youve got to be herd and sean when you want to breed.id even stick my neck out and say this is a male.the grass hoppers are there all year but are smaller and the last thing they want to do is be noticeable.in late summer its do or die quite litteraly.

6 May, 2009

 

Hey, Nosey, the males and females of this species are the same color or at least it looks like it when they are mating????

6 May, 2009

 

ow your right oops lol if thats what youve sean lol.im afraid if you live near grass polly then you live near one kind of grass hopper or another

6 May, 2009

 

You are right....quite a variety of these critters everywhere in the world, I think

6 May, 2009

 

as long as theres grass just like your averadge hippy you will find grasshoppers lol

6 May, 2009

 

LOL....you are funny!

6 May, 2009

 

lol you got to have a laugh or you cry skippy

6 May, 2009



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