by Kevin Fitzpatrick
This grasshopper has distinguishing chevron stripes on its ‘thighs’. The black pattern is not unique to this species, but it is rare to see on other grasshoppers. Their back legs also have spines on them. They have short, horned antennae and produce a buzzing noise by rubbing their hind wings against their forewings. Their tan and black coloring helps them blend in with the tall dry grasses that they eat.