Also known as vagrant grasshopper and Schistocerca nitens, this grasshopper has appeared in my rose garden sporadically, and always alone. I took this photo within the half hour. A few days ago, one of these grasshoppers landed on my thigh while I was watering my garden. A few comical bursts of “Ay! Ay!” and a side-kick and it was back to my usual garden duties. Dancing with the stars!
This grasshopper is rather large, at least 3 inches long. Although pictured in my rose garden, it has actually made several appearances in my tomato garden, and partook of its bounty. Maybe that’s part of the reason it is so big!