Tuesday, March 11, 2014

nothing to see here...

It is not often in this life when we find a kindred spirit. Oh, but when kindred spirits meet... we've swapped photos of moths, plants, roadkill, birds of course, and general oddities in life. For example, this little pebble with legs. It is caliche colored. It is caliche sized. And wouldn't you know, it's perfect. As are Klem and Tom, our dear neighbors, kindred spirits, finders of these living gems.

Check it out: a toad lubber. A grasshopper with all the charisma of a charismatic pebble.

© Tom Lehr, 10 March 2014
Excellent camouflage, rolly-jumpy movement (reminiscent of a toad, as the name implies), these lumplets of grasshoppers actually do have wings - check out this photo from bugguide (also from Brewster Co!) where you can see a bit of wing peeking out. Pretty variable, if not outright pretty.

© Tom Lehr, 10 March 2014
Nope, nothing to see here at all. Just a sunset.

Until further notice, tentative ID is Robust Toad Lubber, Phrynotettix robustus.


  1. hehe very cool. That guy makes meh chuckle just looking at him. Knowing those critters are out and about makes the world feel a happier and delightfully absurd and yet delightfully functioning place.

    1. Aye, the wonders of the world are often at our feet, if we're watching our step!