Foot Soldier

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The Mexican Generals (the big black and yellow and orange grasshoppers) are starting to show up since the rains have slowed down. I’m not seeing very many in our yard this year, or on the roads, where they sometimes make a crunchy blanket. I’m not sorry, as one year, they ate up the leaves and new buds on our rose tree.

If those are the generals, I guess this guy must be a foot soldier. Or maybe the prototype for the Smiley Face emoticon! ;->

If you click on his face, he will get slightly bigger and you can see his toenails!

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16 Responses to Foot Soldier

  1. gypsy97 says:

    I hate to call this guy “ugly”, but he isn’t very attractive!

    • judilyn says:

      Really! He was just the plainest insect that I have seen around here. He reminded me of a big grouper fish, but he was really tiny. Usually insects are so very intricate and colorful, but this guy definitely looked like a “grunt” in the Army!

  2. Bev Parks says:

    I believe that is a photo of a Chihuahua lubber grasshopper. I was noticing the horse lubber grasshoppers (colloquially known as Mexican Generals) last month, but they never appeared in the large numbers that we’ve seen them in previous years.

  3. Kit says:

    Too funny! Good pic. . .I think he is posing for you! All that is missing is a caption!

    • judilyn says:

      He scampered off right smartly at the end of the “photo shoot”! I wonder how long such a small creature lives. So many intricate parts. Look at those nifty knees!

  4. Shirley says:

    You always get the greatest pictures!!!!!!

  5. skd says:

    Looks like a man with a mission lol

    • judilyn says:

      He had important “stuff” to do, that’s for sure. For such a limited lifespan, even the tiniest of bugs seem to be so intricate. That always fascinates me.

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