Nature Walk: Grasshoppers

Nature watchers often ask “What’s happened to such and such? I don’t see them anymore.” Usually the “such and such” is something charismatic — birds or butterflies or wildflowers, for example. Those are groups of organisms most people notice. More dedicated followers of nature’s trends may mention more esoteric creatures such as wooly bear caterpillars, frogs, salamanders or dragonflies. I’ve never heard anyone mention grasshoppers.

I think just about everyone knows about these common insects, but many people may not notice them. Grasshoppers are pretty much everywhere — in gardens, fields, woods and wood edges, marshes, shrublands, even . . .

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