Thursday, July 24, 2014
July 23, 2014: Carolina Grasshopper
Carolina Grasshopper. 7/23/14 (Wolf Oesterreich)
This Carolina Grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina) is still in the nymph stage (notice the short wings), although it shouldn't be long before it becomes an adult (after at least one more molt). Carolina Grasshoppers are found throughout America north of Mexico. There is a pronounced crest along the "collar" (pronotum) behind the head, with a single notch., a diagnostic of the species. They can be quite large, with a wingspan up to 4 inches across. The black hindwings are bordered with yellow, which is what most people first observe, as the body color usually blends in with the ground. Some individuals can be reddish-brown (this specimen).