7.17.2005

Colorful Critter

A bright flash of orange had us in chase and capture mode. The grasshopper had eluded us once before, but this time we were ready -- armed with a butterfly net!


Orange-winged Grasshopper, Pardalophora phoenicoptera

This grasshopper is beautiful in shades of green and gray, but it's hiding some colorful secrets.


Bright orange underwings....



and bright blue inner thighs.

Many thanks to Mr. Swamp for holding the hopper and making it reveal its secrets! He has a gentle touch and the critter was released unharmed.

5 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Those under-colours are surprsing.

thingfish23 said...

Awesome.

We should all be so lucky as to have a skilled and willing assistant!

Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

I think I had some alloy wheels on a bike the color of that leg at one point.

Floridacracker said...

Those look like Florida Gator colors to me.

SquirrleyMojo said...

very nice work indeed--although I suspect those secrets are a design for his mate's eyes alone?