Purple Grasshopper

Posted Feb 18, 2005
Last Updated Nov 8, 2011

I was taking a walk with the kids this afternoon when I noticed something fly from the path of my feet. At first I assumed it was a piece of mud, but then I noticed that it jumped again in a most un-mud-like display of determination.

I bent down to find the little purple grasshopper with greenish eyes. Finding this coloration would have been enough to excite me in the summer--finding on in the middle of winter was even more astounding. So I caught the little guy, dropped him inside my glove (it was the only place I could think of keeping him) and then continued on to some stores.

When I got home I put him through a battery of photographic tests... which are shown here.     


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David Holmes

Jun 28, 2009

Similar coloured (pinky/purple) grasshopper seen on allotment plot 27/06/09 in Bilston West Midlands UK. I'm not sure how common this is but it was the first time for me.

Fred Marlin

Sep 26, 2009

Me and my neighbor saw one and was amazed. She saw it in her flower bed. It happened today in Springfield Mo.

X Black13

Jul 13, 2006

Good photos, this is the first time I've seen a grasshopper with short antennae, not to mention the colours, and being from Canada, I would never find one in February! Wow.
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