I had no idea there was such a creature. I stepped outside earlier this morning to take a break from the computer and noticed what was not unlike a hummingbird flitting around from flower to flower. But it’s speed just wasn’t quite fast enough. Oh, this creature could move much better than most insects, but just didn’t have that “zip-zip” of a hummingbird. Plus, it allowed me to get much closer than birds do – and that’s when I noticed the antennae. I definitely knew then that it wasn’t a hummingbird. I wanted some photos but did not come out with my camera. Luckily, it hung around long enough for me to run inside, grab my camera – and even change lens – and get a few fairly decent shots. More…
Well, Jiminy Cricket, it’s a Jerusalem Cricket
(aka “Children of the Earth” and “Potato Bug”)
Photo credit: Me, Michelle at Motley News
Make sure to click on the image TWICE to view it in full screen size. Careful, though… gonna getcha!