May I have the next dance?

Clip-wing Grasshoppers (mating pair)

Here’s something you don’t see everyday: a mating pair of Clip-wing Grasshoppers (Metaleptea brevicornis), also known as Silent Slant-faced Grasshoppers. The male is on top; the female on the bottom.

The individual shown on the right is probably a male Short-winged Green Grasshopper (Dichromorpha viridis).

Thanks to the following members of the BugGuide Facebook group for their kind assistance in identifying the grasshoppers shown in the preceding photo: Michael Jared Thomas; Dan Johnson; and Eric Eaton.

Copyright © 2014 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved.

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