Green Bird Grasshopper Nymph

I will have to keep my eye on this one! Also known as Schistocerca shoshone, I snapped this photo minutes ago in my rose garden. I am hoping that it is not mature enough to start ravaging all of the leaves around it, but adult green bird grasshoppers are known to do just that. Yikes!

Grasshoppers have visited my garden and can hop and fly great distances (they also have wings). This is evident especially when I water my plants and inadvertently spray a grasshopper that, until that point, was well camouflaged.

When I spot an immature insect (or bird), I like to capture the image and post it since, oftentimes, photos of these specimens are usually of mature adults that no longer have most of the features of their youth. I like to know what the insect (or bird) looks like throughout their life cycle so I am not left standing among my plants wondering, “What was that?”

A photo of an adult green bird grasshopper can be found here: http://bugguide.net/node/view/35048

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