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Monday, September 5, 2011

Walk - 7/31

This late in the season, it is unusual to find anything around and yet I did. This dragonfly looks almost golden in color. I have now found someone who I am hoping will help me identify them in future.
 As to be expected at the end of the season many of the insects have only one leg or half a wing as they have evaded predators during the summer and the following two grasshoppers are no exception.
 The Common Stick Grasshopper, although large - about 4" (6cm) in body length - could still jump quite far with one limb missing.
 They have a most unusual shaped head and are also found in a brown color.
 Wild plants and flowers are so pretty. This would make a wonderful ground cover in a garden with its multi-colored leaves.

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