Schistocerca obscura, 27 September 2015

Schistocerca obscura, the Obscure bird grasshopper;
Brevard county, Florida (27 September 2015).

Here’s an edgy Obscure bird grasshopper on the brink of taking flight in Merritt Island NWR, Florida. Most commonly seen in the late-summer and early-autumn months, this skittery species can be quite abundant along the edges of dirt- and rock-laden roadways in central Florida. I dig the darker, almost-leathery quality of their wings. It’s almost like a cape for a tiny Orthopteran superhero.

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