Carolina Locust

Finally! I watched these “grasshoppers” all summer. They’d fly, looking like butterflies, with their black wings with pale yellow border.

Then they’d land way off yonder and disappear into their surroundings. I usually notice grasshoppers, but know the names of only a few. Turned out this was a Carolina locust. They’re  1 3/8 to 2 inches long and are found throughout the U.S.

 I was out one afternoon recently and one of the cats was trying to catch them. One would take off flying (quite rapidly I might add), and the cat jumped upward too. It didn’t work. It was a funny sight to watch.


Later I found this grasshopper.

I wasn’t able to identify it, but that didn’t affect my enjoying the encounter.


7 responses to this post.

  1. Great shots, I’m a wierdo who love bugs..:-))


  2. Posted by Therese on October 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    The Carolina locust sure blends in with the rock.


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