Colorful Chico Grasshopper

July 14, 2016

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Bill Maynard, a botanist and former high school biology teacher, has worked for various government agencies from Alaska to South Florida and for The American Birding Association. He discovered the 87,000 acre Chico Basin Ranch to be the perfect natural laboratory to study and photograph birds, dragonflies, grasshoppers and other insects. Chico Basin Ranch Natural History Resources : BIRDING CHECKLIST // BIRDING MAP // DRAGONFLY & DAMSELFLY CHECKLIST //

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 has mostly weedy species and so those grasshopper species are making a small dent in the invasive weeds.  Thistle grasshopper is one of those grasshopper species.