This week, we got up close and personal with grasshoppers. Actually, maybe they got up close and personal with us–it seemed like everywhere we turned this week, there were a few hopping around us. Every evening, we’d always find a bunch of smaller grasshoppers on our front porch–they were always about an inch in length, grass green, with a red patch on the back legs.
But then we’d also get these big ones…
We were driving the other day and this not-so-little guy hitched a ride on our car. He rode on our windshield until we could pull over and study him!
He was a big one too...about 3" long. And apparently pretty good at holding on to the windshield of a moving car! The kids all loved watching him, until he hopped away--straight onto a windshield of another parked car!
This was another 2 1/2-3" long grasshopper I found while I was weeding the garden. He let us hold him on a blade of grass for his photo session...
Once we were done, we let him down. At first, he only hopped about 12" away. But then we watched him leap about 10" at a time! It's amazing how far something with such tiny legs can jump!
And not grasshopper related, but an update on our butterflies!
Earlier this week, the caterpillars formed their chrysalids. As of this morning, a couple of them had turned dark black, which means they will be emerging within the next 24 hours!