Red-legged Locust

30 08 2011

(unidentified) grasshopper photographed at the Monarch Butterfly Habitat, a restored native remnant tall grass prairie in Shell Lake in northwestern Wisconsin

UPDATE: Thanks to my fellow naturalist/blogger/writer, Jane Kirkland, for her identification of this little critter. It’s a Red-legged Locust (Melanoplus femur-ruburm). (Thanks, Jane!) Jane was a bestselling computer book author and after sighting a Bald Eagle flying over a grocery store parking lot, she began writing award-winning nature books! She is the recipient of the National Arbor Day Foundation’s Education Award, a Writer’s Magazine Book Award and two Teacher’s Choice Awards. She has been featured on PBS, Animal Planet, and is a regular guest on WXPN’s Kids Corner radio program in Philadelphia. I met Jane while I was on assignment photographing the American Horticulture Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium in 2008 at the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. While at the Symposium, I bought one of her books and it helped me to identify this Halloween Pennant Dragonfly (Celithemis eponina) that I photographed at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens a few years ago. Learn more about Jane on her website here and see the books in her Amazon store here.

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30 08 2011
Jane Kirkland

His name is Sam. Seriously, though I think he might be a Red-legged Locust. Photo here: http://insects.entomology.wisc.edu/orthoptera/acrididae/melanoplus/femur-rubrum.html

30 08 2011
Mary Ellen Ryall

Isn’t the grasshopper a beauty? Looks like some kind of alien with its armor on. The sweet song of grasshopper was like hearing a message of goodbye to the season and to you.

30 08 2011
thekingoftexas

Great grasshopper shot. I noticed that you said your friend Jane and you are both naturalists. Is my memory correct in thinking you have a close neighbor that is also a naturalist? Perhaps he could also have identified your grasshopper.

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