Band-winged Grasshopper

a grasshopper, f. Acrididae, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Olorgasailie, Kenya. December 2014.

How does a camouflaged grasshopper interpret the color variations in the substrate so as to maximize its hiding power? Does it take many generations for a local population exposed to visual predators to select for the best match between the color patterns of the insect and where it usually sits?

Acrididae -- Grasshopper Family, subfamily Oedopodinae

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Kenya Natural History

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