Friday, August 12th, 2005 - 6:26 AM

Sidewalk Grasshopper

Grasshoppers freak out my wife. Something about them getting stuck to your clothes and losing legs when you pull them off, I think… but she’s pretty quick to change the subject, so I really don’t know much about this particular phobia. I figure if I keep bringing it up, eventually she’ll either tell me about it or get over it (or both). Anyway, neither of those things has happened yet, so she’s going to hurt me for this picture.

Sidewalk Grasshopper

To me, grasshoppers are kind of cute. Not at all like in A Bug’s Life. When I was a kid, I caught many grasshoppers, and although I did dissect a couple (my wife is going to hurt me more for mentioning that, I suspect), I quickly got over that and viewed them as pets. One summer I collected over 50 grasshoppers in a box (covered with plastic wrap) and named them all.

2 Comments to “Sidewalk Grasshopper”

  1. syz Says:

    How did you tell them apart?

  2. Woody Thrower Says:

    Grasshoppers have surprising variety in markings and coloration. There are very dramatic differences in shape and texture, with some grasshoppers having forward-pointing heads (rather than the flat head of the one in the photo) and what could be described as a matte finish (as opposed to the glossy finish of this grasshopper). Also, the grasshoppers I caught covered a significant size range.

    Given those variations, and the fact that I chose names that reminded me of their characteristics, it was actually pretty easy to keep them straight. I probably couldn’t have accurately remembered all their names if quizzed, though.

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