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Forgotten Photo Friday: differential grasshopper

On a hazy, warm, sunny morning in late summer, a  grasshopper feeds on the bud of a yellow composite flower .

Differential grasshoppper, Melanoplus differentialis

Differential grasshoppper, Melanoplus differentialis

This photograph was taken at the Shaw Nature Reserve in Missouri, while at BugShot 2011. On that note, I want to thank everybody who has supported my fundraising efforts to attend BugShot 2012. Thanks to your generous donations and your enthusiasm for consuming hot beverages out of geeky mugs, I am 60% of the way to my goal!  I can’t even begin to express my gratitude….

This image (note the yellow) makes me yearn for warmer weather. Oddly enough, the forecast here is calling for temperatures in the high teens and mid-twenties (degrees Celsius!) for the next few days – totally unheard of for mid-March! I’m feeling optimistic about getting some new photos this weekend!

4 responses to “Forgotten Photo Friday: differential grasshopper

  1. Adrian D. Thysse March 16, 2012 at 8:01 AM

    Lucky you! We have snow and/or rain in the forecast out here in Alberta, I don’t think we’ll be doing much bug photography for a while…

    • TGIQ March 16, 2012 at 8:10 AM

      I AM lucky! March is a bit of a tease, though…there are usually at least a few really lovely spring-like days, but we almost invariably get another huge dump of snow near the end of it, or in April. The highs of 22-23 they’re calling for over the weekend – that has NEVER happened before that I can recall! Hm. Maybe I should take my xmas lights down?

  2. Tim Eisele March 16, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    So, is the grasshopper for St. Urho’s Day, or is it just a coincidence?

    • TGIQ March 16, 2012 at 6:41 PM

      I wish I could claim I was paying that much attention when I threw the post together early this morning whilst only moderately caffeinated…
      I did it on purpose? Maybe?

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