Random Insect: Differential grasshopper revisited

Differential grasshopper (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplus differentialis) photographed 10/23/2011 near Blissfield Michigan.

After writing about differential grasshoppers (Orthoptera: Acrididae: Melanoplus differentialis) a few weeks ago, last week I noticed scores of them in a nearby soybean field.  I decided to get a closer look at one of them, and it responded by puking black fluid all over my fingers.  The fluid reminded me of used motor oil, and is apparently a defensive mechanism to deter predators.

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About Jeremy Sell

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