When I was sitting at the kitchen table, I heard a short comical scream outside, then laughter following. I walked out side and saw my mother, a friend and my little brother all marveling at a large insect that had just jumped/flew into someones face and then into the neighbors yard. I was determined to take a good picture as well as identify if it was a very big grasshopper or a locust.
Grasshopper or Locust?
I found out that grasshoppers and locusts can not be identified by their appearance aside from a small coloration difference. Instead they can only be identified by their behavior, and sound. Now I was really stumped. My first mission was completed; I took a rather nice picture. But the question still floats in my mind… Locust or Grasshopper?
I found that locusts are less seen because they stay away from people more than grasshoppers. They tend to be a little more brown and buzz when they fly, but the two insects are so close they can easily be mixed up, and some of the rules may be broken. There wings tend to be bright in color when they are spread out.
Grasshoppers are usually smaller and greener, but many grasshoppers are brown and gray to blend in with there habitat. They are in common areas and can be easily spotted.
My mother said that when he flew she did hear a buzz, in the picture he’s very green, he is the size of my index finger, and he was seen in a well populated area. What do you think he is? Grasshopper or Locust?
Grasshopper Notebooking Pages
Whether you run into a Grasshopper or a Locust you can use these Grasshopper Notebook Pages to record your findings!Grasshopper Notebook Pages