Saturday, August 31, 2013

Polly the Painted Grasshopper

This morning I hiked the Hogback Trail and then crossed the highway to the Red Rocks Trail.  I was walking along patches of dry grass when a strange grasshopper caught my eye.

This tiger-striped beauty is formally called Dactylotum Bicolor by the bug scientists (or Polly the Painted Grasshopper by her friends).  The bug scientists claim that this is the typical range of the DB. 

I have no wish to be disputatious with the bug scientists; however, I lived in Austin, Texas for several years and never saw a single DB.

Here are some additional DB photos from the Internet, taken by more competent grasshopper photographers.

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