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August 5, 2017

Grasshopper Walk

Twelve people joined Saturday’s grasshopper field trip sponsored by Chico Basin Ranch and the Mile High Bug Club. Participants were able to see way more insects than just grasshoppers and the three young girls present seemed impressed by the two preying mantises, a black widow spider, and of course the colorful grasshoppers, including ones called barber-pole, dinosaur, great crested, ebony, plus more than 30 other species.

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July 26, 2017

Second Annual Grasshopper Walk

One of the most important food items for nesting birds is grasshoppers. Last year the Chico grasshopper field trip tallied 41 grasshopper species. On August 5th, starting at 0730 at headquarters, we will try see what new species we can add to the list that already has over 50 grasshopper species on it. Because there are so many different micro-habitats, we will visit as many as time allows.  We hope to see representatives of all the grasshopper groups, Pygmy Grasshoppers

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February 13, 2017

Grasshopper Nymphs

Why is a Northern Green-striped Grasshopper brown and where are its wings? Some grasshopper species overwinter as nymphs and as a result their wings are not fully developed in February or March.  This is a very common Chico species but unfortunately there was a major outbreak last spring and summer and as a result many of the young green ash trees were completely defoliated by this and a couple other grasshopper species  Although green-striped is part of its name, there

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October 14, 2016

Bird Grasshopper

Bird grasshoppers like this Spotted Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca lineata) are large (2.5 inches) and can fly a long way which might be why they are referred to as “bird grasshoppers”.  They are still alive even after a couple cold nights and are easily found in the fields behind the banding station where the Russian olives have been hydroaxed but apparently not found in Chico native grassland habitats.  There are 10 species in the U.S. but the common one in Asia,

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August 15, 2016

Green Fool

One of the primitive appearing grasshoppers is called Green Fool Grasshopper.  It is found in rolling sandy hills with little vegetation so the creek bed of Black Squirrel Creek is a good place to look for this uncommon species. Most striped slantfaced grasshoppers, of which this is one, feed on grasses but this species specializes on broad-leafed plants in the Borage Family such as the cryptantha, stickseeds and stoneseeds. In the northern parts of its range, Green Fool Grasshopper is

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August 9, 2016

Grasshopper Field Trip

The local Mile High Bug Club visited Chico on Saturday to learn more about the amazing diversity of grasshoppers found here.  Grasshoppers are part of the order, Orthoptera, which also include katydids and crickets.  Chico’s microhabitats provides the perfect place to study these interesting insects. The huge Plains Lubbers were recently emerged and the sandy wash at Black Squirrel Creek gave the 10 participants a chance to get to see egg-laying, mating, feeding and resting grasshoppers.  Did I mention our

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July 14, 2016

Colorful Chico Grasshopper

This is a bush-loving species, but so far I would call it rare on Chico.  In fact, I didn’t see it until I opened my car door at home and out it jumped.  One of its names is Western Grass-green Grasshopper or better yet, Showy Grasshopper.  Not too hard to look at. Most of the Chico species eat grass but the most numerous species are found in the Russian thistle and other members of the Chenopodiace or Goosefoot family that

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July 14, 2016

Grasshoppers

During hot summer days when birds are scarce, a little exploration on Chico will reveal many grasshopper species.  This one inch guy was in the grasslands in the sand and its is appropriately named Four-spotted Grasshopper. This one is the only one I have ever seen. Females are black-and-white. Some grasshoppers are a challenge to photograph but if it was easy it wouldn’t be as much fun. I will lead a grasshopper field trip with Mile High Bug Club scheduled

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