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Sunday 26 October 2008: Lubber Grasshopper

(this variety starts out black with a yellow stripe down the back and some red on the face, this is adult coloration. they are large and destructive- eat a lot of plants)

it was sitting on the cane bolt for the front gate and when I got a little closer with the camera a couple times, it would wave it's little front leg in front of it's face, as if to ward me off

I noticed when I got the shots on the computer that it was missing the bottom part of the near rear leg, might be why it was reluctant to jump down and try to get away. (but these guys are very clumsy when they jump anyway, they are so heavy- usually see them walking slowly)

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