Okay, this submission, sent by reader Gabe McNett, is definitely classified as HARD. His notes:
This is a second submission I’d like to offer for your “Spot the _____” series. In my last submission, a grass moth on a tree trunk, I joked how they reminded me of the way many banded-wing grasshoppers can disappear right in front of you. I just returned from the park with my kids where I took a picture of a banded-wing grasshopper.
I think this is a challenging one. It’s a Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina) resting on playground mulch. This species is often found in disturbed areas, such as fallow fields, unpaved roads, and barren soil where it feeds on grasses and other broadleaf plants. The crypsis of many banded-wing grasshoppers always amazes. Along with the picture key, I’ll also attach a slow-motion video (1/8thspeed) of the grasshopper taking flight as I approached it.
The reveals are below the fold (click “read more” below).
Here’s the hopper:
And the video: