On May 25, 2012, Suzy_Bee from Spring, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Thought I saw a grasshopper on one of my milkweeds, but the antennae seemed much too long. Tried to blast it off with the hose, but the bug was quite tenacious. Hey, those plants are for my butterflies. Hands off!
From Texas A&M University Entomology Department:
Description: Tettigoniids are predominantly medium to large (1 to 2-1/2 inches long), winged or short-winged, green to brownish insects with long, hair-like (filamentous) antennae, and hind legs modified for jumping. Males are capable of generating sound and do so by rubbing their wings together (stridulating). Females hear them with an "ear" (tympanum-covered auditory structure) at the base of each front legís second segment (tibia). Most adult females possess a sword-shaped egg-laying structure (ovip... read more