A Grasshopper and a ?

I usually make the rounds of my weedpatch one or two times a day, according to the weather.

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This grasshopper wasn’t as hidden as it thought it was. Its color surprised me when I saw it on the computer. I think it almost looks transparent.

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This little critter didn’t like my attention and wasn’t overly cooperative. I have no idea what kind of insect it is.

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I was so taken with its color combinations and trying to snap pictures.

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Elephant’s foot (Elephantopus carolinianus)

According to my Missouri Wildflowrs book, Elephantopus, Greek, “elephant foot” is a translation of an aboriginal name which does not explain anything. They are found primarily in the tropics and warm regions of the world.

 The florets measured 1/2 inch when fully open. The green “leaves” are actually bracts. The true leaves are lower on the 3-foot-tall, branched plant.


4 responses to this post.

  1. Nice spot. Looks like a red-headed bush cricket to me. I’ve been snapping a few shots of one too.


  2. I’ve never seen anything like that one. Is the elephant’s foot a house plant?


    • No. It’s an exotic from (According to Missouri Wildflowers book) primarily in the tropics and warm regions of the world. I thought it was introduced. Missouri Botanical Garden site says it’s native and a perennial. Member of aster family.


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