Ninja Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers are very easy to hear but less easy to see. Sometimes on walks I spend a lot of time stalking grasshoppers with varying results.

Grasshopper demonstrating camouflage with blades of grass:

Grasshopper turning its back to me in annoyance that its camouflage failed:

Grasshopper trying to blend in and nearly succeeding:

Grasshopper leaving the vicinity:

Funny looking grasshopper just daring me to laugh at him:

Funny looking grasshopper lowers his antennae ready for battle, since he has been discovered, and the only honourable way out is a fight to the death:

And finally one of the few quite nice photos. This grasshopper must have left the ninja brotherhood and decided to become a model:

Seriously though, grasshoppers are very cool. They ‘sing’ (or stridulate) by rubbing their leg on their wing and they jump really far with legs like catapults, covering huge distances for their size. They are weird and rather fascinating!

By Suzy Shipman

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