Schistocerca rubiginosa, 02 August 2015

Schistocerca rubiginosa, the Rusty bird grasshopper;
Volusia county, Florida (02 August 2015).

Here’s another ‘hopper fairly abundant across eastern central Florida. This is the Rusty bird grasshopper. From a distance, they’re pretty easy to miss, but when they suddenly take to wing to get further away from you it can be quite the burst of tiny activity. With a bit of patience (and slow movement), however, you can get closer to them and better appreciate their subtle beauty. I find this to be a simple yet elegant species.

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