Barberpole Grasshopper Dactylotum bicolor NM

This is my first Barberpole Grasshopper sighting ever and that is after hiking 19 years in New Mexico. Surely one would not expect a colorful specimen as this o...
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This is my first Barberpole Grasshopper sighting ever and that is after hiking 19 years in New Mexico. Surely one would not expect a colorful specimen as this on the 8th of December after all the freezing nights we have had in this high desert country. This colorful insect was very active and I had as many shots of open ground as I did of him. This photo was one of the last in which he-she slowed down and allowed me to take a macro.

Dactylotum bicolor, also known as the Rainbow Grasshopper, Painted Grasshopper, or the Barber Pole Grasshopper, is a species of grasshopper, and the only presently-recognized member of its genus. It is found in shortgrass prairie and desert grasslands throughout the Western Great Plains of the United States (and southern Canada), southward to Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, and into northern Mexico. It is known as the "beautiful grasshopper", due to its remarkable clothes.
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SnezanaPetrovic December 08, 2014
Great macro!
1Ernesto December 08, 2014
Thank You! I would not be honest if I did not admit this was a most exciting capture for me and I confess I didn't even know that these Barber-pole Grasshoppers existed. Thank you so much for the "Top Choice" peer recognition.
Flosno December 09, 2014
WOW Ernesto.....what a great shot....excellent macro
1Ernesto December 09, 2014
Thanks for the wonderful comments and for the "Top Choice" peer recognition.
denisenewman December 10, 2014
WOW what an awesome specimen looks almost plastic!
1Ernesto December 10, 2014
Good call - if I was looking at anothers gallery and saw this I would also say plastic and how could this not be photo shopped etc..............to be sure this is very real and very natural the best nature could provide.
Cookie1 December 17, 2014
A wonderful entry in The Art of Wildlife Photography, you have a real winner. Voted
1Ernesto December 17, 2014
This grasshopper is by far the most extravegant macro I have every had the opportunity to take. Thanks for the vote.
Ange28 December 23, 2014
How exciting for you to have this opportunity to photograph this magnificent creature ! Great macro !
1Ernesto December 23, 2014
It was my biggest surpise for this year and I'm grateful it all worked out - as I've only have ever seen on in my life. Thanks for the "Magnificent Capture" peer recognition.
vbFMILLINES229181 December 31, 2014
Thank you 1Enesto, great capture. in this field I am amazed and blessed by
all of creations that meets the eye
ElizabethS February 03, 2015
such a cool looking guy!
1Ernesto February 04, 2015
In the bug world he has to be world class for color.
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kathleenweetman March 20, 2015
Wow.....what great colours....voted
JDLifeshots May 07, 2016
Great shot! Voted Macro Grasshoppers.
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