Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Holidays!

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.)

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