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I can see my house from here....

When I came home, I noticed a large grasshopper in the kitchen porch.  It was clearly alive, but it wasn't trying very hard to get away.  Then I noticed it had something wrong with it's back leg.  It was either injured or deformed.  I didn't want to leave it on the porch, and didn't have the heart to step on it, so I scooped it up with a shovel and tossed it high into the air outside....

It tumbled slowly end over end as it arced through the air, until it finally fell into the grass.

As God as my witness, I thought grasshoppers could fly.



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Sep. 9th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
They do have wings and they can fly for short distances. I've seen them do so. The one you tried to help probably was too injured or deformed to do so.
Sep. 9th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
I, too, would have spared the poor thing. I really do feel bad when riding the tractor mower and watching them buzzing in those short little hops ahead of the deck...
Sep. 10th, 2010 03:34 am (UTC)
If the grasshopper is at the nymph stage, it cannot fly, but since you said it's a large grasshopper, I'd assume it is a winged adult.
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