We had a beautiful day here in Washington, D.C. today. A storm came through last night and wiped away some nasty humidity; today it was in the 70s and breezy. I invented errands at the hardware store and the coop and even got a little chilly the first time I felt the wind.
In the afternoon this bug appeared on my bedroom window. Up til now I’ve only photographed bugs on my kitchen windows, which have vast non-screened expanses, but this bug was so neat-looking that I figured it was worth pulling the screen out of the window.
The bug was about 3/4 of an inch long, and its back was a brilliant blue.
It’s in the order Orthoptera – that’s the group that includes grasshoppers and katydids and crickets. You can tell because it’s got long hind legs, which is hard to see if you don’t enlarge the photo, but they’re tucked in there alongside the abdomen. It’s also got tough forewings that cover up its hindwings when it’s not flying. Its short antennae suggest that it’s a grasshopper.
Here, get a better look at those folded-up legs:
I am a big fan of insects, but the Orthopterans kind of creep me out. Maybe it’s all those horrible camel crickets that used to live in my parents’ basement, or the locusts in On the Banks of Plum Creek, but Orthopterans give me the willies in a way that other bugs don’t.