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Fence Hopper ~ Saturday Critters

Sharing a photo for Saturday’s Critters challenge. This really big grasshopper was perched on my fence right before sunset. I always have my camera while walking around my yard, for these reasons. You never know what you might see.

He was holding on to the fence and being very still. I managed to snap a few photos before he hopped away. They will not hurt you, they eat insects. So they are good to have in your yard. I just don’t want him to hop on me! Keeping my distance.

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  1. I love these types of grasshoppers. Not the green ones. When I was young I used to catch them and feed them with grass. They have a strong grasp of something. I had been bitten several times when I tried to bring my finger close to their mouths.
    Still love them.

  2. Grasshoppers sometimes do a lot of damage to my garden. On the other hand, I net them and feed them to my toad and to my turtle. Both of them love the change of diet and the more grasshoppers they eat, the fewer there are to eat my garden plants.

    • I have heard many say that as well. One year I had a hibiscus on the deck and it chewed the leaves. But other years I have had the same plant and no grasshoppers. Not sure what the difference is.

      • Around here, it is mostly a matter of numbers. Some years, we have a huge number of grasshoppers and other years we have a lot fewer. When there are a lot, they’ll eat almost anything. If there aren’t as many, they can be more selective.

          • Most of what we have are “short-horned grasshoppers”, but they can get very large, grow large wings, and for all intents and purposes, become locusts. That usually doesn’t happen here unless there are a lot of them. Right now, most of the grasshoppers I’ve seen have been about 1/4 inch in length, maximum. A couple of years ago, by this time of year, there were already many that were over an inch long and had developed wings. It would only take me about 10 minutes to collect 30-40 for the toad and turtle.

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