A differential grasshopper, Melanoplus differentialis, photographed last summer. Click to enlarge.
This grasshopper is also called a herringbone grasshopper for its boldly patterned hind legs. The local population is underground now -- overwintering as eggs. They'll be dormant for a few more months, then hatch when warm weather returns. (Hopefully they won't be fooled by the current warm spell in New York City.)
I am a Collection Manager at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I live in Brooklyn. Most mornings I walk a few blocks to the subway station. I get off the train at 59th street in Manhattan and walk a mile along Central Park West through one of the most urban settings in the world. I see a nonhuman mammal or two, a few dozen birds, and a variety of intriguing insects every day; this blog is a collection of stories about them.
The photos in this blog can be enlarged by clicking on them. I took all of them. If you want to use one, please ask permission in the comments section below the blog and I'll respond and let you know how to attribute. Thanks for reading!