Saturday, January 5, 2008

Head-knockers and Grasshoppers

 

image

We went to the woods today in search of head-knockers. This is our name for a seedpod on a stem that is the remains of  yellow-eyed grass, Xyris ambigua.  As we were picking these for a  wedding project, I was watching carefully for snakes. What I saw instead was a Rusty Grasshopper, Schistocerca alutacea. The camouflage was just amazing in the fresh pinestraw. (Thanks, IFAS, for all your Internet help with identification!)

100_1158

1 comment:

David said...

Does the grasshopper get glued to a pine seedling too? :)