Hovering GrasshopperOct. 13, 2014

  A couple of weeks ago, I was walking in the Toftrees game land when I noticed a hovering insect. It was somewhat far away and a challenge to get into manual focus. I had assumed that it was a dragonfly, which I'm accustomed to see hovering. However, it turned out to be a grasshopper.
Hovering Carolina grasshopper
  Checking took a while, but then the ever reliable BugGuide.net had an explanation: The Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina) is occasionally seen hovering.
Hovering grasshopper
  A hovering grasshopper was a first for me.
Hovering Dissosteira carolina
  That explains the following photo (which is probably not a Carolina grasshopper).
Smiling grasshopper
  My explanation here is that the grasshopper is smiling because it possesses secrets.

Photo note: The photos were taken with the Pentax K20D, with the SMC-A* 200mm macro lens, during September 2014 in the Toftrees game land, north of Cooper's Pond, State College, Pennsylvania.

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