That's One Big Grasshopper! by AuntDot

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Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D; Cropped and very slight saturation in Picasa3
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I almost jumped out of my skin when I turned around and saw this huge grasshopper at the base of the bird bath in my yard today (Dunnellon, Florida). I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one so big. I gathered my nerve and ran inside to get the camera, and sure enough he was still there long enough for me to get two shots. I think it looks like a mechanical, colorful robot — quite beautiful when you study it! I will upload both photos, as the other one shows him from the top. I have found out the name of this is an Eastern Lubber Grasshopper.

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Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberover 4 years ago

    Yikes!! Just keep those things down there in Florida, Dot!! Holy moly!!

  • Holy moly is right! You should have seen it! Pretty colorful creature, though, isn’t it? Sure you don’t want me to send it to you as a playmate for Maurice?

    – AuntDot

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 4 years ago

    yeppers that is a big one, you want to get rid of it, it is lopper and it will eat anything and everything that is green… they will also hiss and spit at you.. they are nasty critters… at this age chemicals will not get rid of them and they do lots of damage…. oh fantastic capture.. lol

  • Thanks, Kathy. Now I’m even more creeped out than I was before! I looked it up after I read your comment. It’s an Eastern Lubber. I hope I don’t run into it again, I’ll have to call my husband to do something with it. However, he’s no braver than I am!

    – AuntDot

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsover 4 years ago

    wow, very colourful grasshopper, great shot Aunt Dot

  • Thank you, Michael. It sure was a big one!

    – AuntDot

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    love the details ,he looks like he is wearing a suit of armour,lovely capture Dot

  • I thought that, too. I hope I don’t see it again, or I’ll have to get rid of it. According to Kathy it will eat every green thing in sight! Thanks for your comment, Trudi.

    – AuntDot

  • scallyart
    scallyartover 4 years ago

    The colours and detail is superb Dot. Well done

  • Thanks very much, Kerry. Kind of creepy, though!

    – AuntDot

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    lovely portrait of this fabulous Creature Teacher :o)

  • Thank you Quinn! It really is quite a beautiful creature, but I must admit I was a little afraid it would jump on me!

    – AuntDot

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnover 4 years ago

    I have seen some beautiful grasshoppers that were simply enormous… in fact, the largest one I’ve ever seen was all in shades of red! There isn’t a thing they can do to hurt us directly, but they could devour crops in the blink of an eye, and leave thousands starving! Tiny and gentle, but powerful :o)

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    Wonderful looking..well done!

  • Thanks so much, Gena. And thanks for adding both grasshoppers to your favorites!

    – AuntDot

  • starlite811
    starlite811over 4 years ago

    Beautiful colors and a wonderfully detailed shot. I like grasshoppers, even big ones like this.

  • Thanks so much for your comment and the fave, Star. I like to see them in pictures, but I’m not too fond of running into them like this.

    – AuntDot

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