Sunsets over the St. Marys river at White Oak are so spectacular that even the insects stop what they are doing to watch. Our colleague @dawgfishj enjoyed this view with an unusual companion last night: an eastern lubber grasshopper (Romalea microptera). Eastern lubber grasshoppers are found throughout the southeastern United States and are known for their size and coloration. They are unable to fly and can only hop short distances. The name 'lubber' comes from old English word “lobre” which means lazy or clumsy. But at least this one was able to 'hop' to a railing to enjoy the end of the day. We hope all of you are able to get out and enjoy a sunset this evening wherever you are. #sunset#stmarysriver#grasshoppersofinstagram
Spotted two grasshopper nymphs in different stages of development (instars) today. I think they are Giant Grasshoppers (Valanga irregularis) due to the banding on their legs but not 100% sure, can any Orthopteran experts out there help Id? Seen in queensland, Australia.
Cryptic creatures can not hide from scent predation... A very sneaky cryptic insect...but they have no defence against the incredible noses of Meerkats and Mongooses!
WOW! I am delighted to be able to document this reserve resident today 😀
This fascinating insect can be watched here: https://youtu.be/qxMrI3OBz1s
What an exciting and incredibly rare insect discovered on yet another scorchingly solar saturated 43 degree Centigrade day in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project.
Such cryptic creatures are hidden treasures that few are ever fortunate enough to see. The deliberate jerky and staggered movements resemble that of a vertebrate Chameleon moving! The movement and camouflage are of no consequence as defensive measures however to the super-power-olfactory detection from hungry Meerkats and Mongooses in the reserve. Birds however will not see this invertebrate easily, so it seems that the diminutive inhabitant is trying to avoid visual rather than olfactory detection from predators as a primary form of crypsis.
The size of wildlife is of no interest to me, large or small I am fascinated by them all... Filmed in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve of The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project by Grant Mc Ilrath The Meerkat Man.
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These #grasshoppers are banded and dotted with bright colours to warn predators that they are not tasty. You can see a mating pair with the smaller male on top of the larger female- shame they don't have much privacy as another female is peering in!
Ran across this guy while hiking, I took a couple of shots and then he turned and looked at me. So I took one more and ran away lol. You never know what you’ll spot on a leaf or a branch, today I ran across a couple of nature’s treasures.
Project Noah is a digital platform that allows citizen scientists from across the globe to come together and explore Earth's unique biodiversity. "Noah," an acronym for networked organisms and habitats, encourages users and experts to actively engage with the wildlife they encounter by 'mapping' distribution or identifying the specific member of the natural world. This project is a collaborative startup supported by National Geographic. To find how you can be a part of this initiative visit: https://www.projectnoah.org, till then, get clicking! #projectnoah#nationalgeographic#grasshoppersofinstagram and I cannot believe that's an actual trending hashtag 😆