The black and white Grizzly Locust has streaks of gray, helping it blend in with the tree trunks it perches on.
Though 'grizzly' often brings to mind the bear or a sour mood, in this case it refers to the color gray, often seen in the grizzled beards of older men. The Grizzly Locust is a type of grasshopper, and it is usually found among the trees, pine trees preferably. It goes by other common names like Mottled Grasshopper thanks to its coloration, and Pine Tree Spur-throat Grasshopper. The large insect has thick black and white bands on its back legs, which may have a gray or red segment as well. It is part of the spur-throated grasshopper family and has a long projection that sticks out of the underside of the throat or 'neck', near the jaw.
The Grizzly Locust may come to lights, and it sometimes seen on wood siding and fences in areas near forests and pine trees, the kind of habitat where females are likely to lay fertilized eggs. They are active from mid-summer through autumn.
Scientific Name: Melanoplus punctulatus
Other Name(s): Pine Tree Spur-throat Grasshopper; Grizzled Grasshopper; Mottled Grasshopper; Griseous Grasshopper
Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 27mm to 45mm (1.05in to 1.76in)
Colors: black; white; gray
Descriptors: black and white legs; jump; fly; neck
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