August 15, 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 //

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 entirely green but in the Chico area and the southern parts of its range green is interspersed with white blotches. The elevated round bump on its thorax makes identification easy.