Grasshopper / by Karie Luidens


Twice in the last week I’ve seen grasshoppers in the garden, but they couldn’t have been more different. One popped four feet in the air when I started watering, apparently startled all the way up to the fence, where it stayed. That one was massive for a grasshopper, maybe two inches long, bulky and brown. A little research makes me think it might’ve been a Dissosteira carolina, by which I mean, well, the characteristics I just described. 

The second grasshopper was tiny and as bright green as a new leaf. It passed me in small hops while I was kneeling in the dirt; I almost took it for a tip of grass blowing in the wind. A tettigoniidae?