Saturday, February 28, 2009
When Common Name, Behavior and Doormat Intersect
The greybird grasshopper, Schistocerca nitens, also goes by the common name Vagrant grasshopper. This one showed up on my doorstep, literally, with a dry sounding plop. She camped out there for a bit as we walked around and over her to get in and out the door; then she wandered off to the nearby schefflera for a free meal. I think this species gets this name from its solitary habits, and also because it is a multiphagous herbivore, not being too picky about plant species it will feed on.