Today, for my #NatureDoodlewash, I’m traveling back in my mind to my grandmother’s farm and thinking of grasshoppers. These little things were both cool and creepy when I was a kid. Walking through a hay field at my grandma’s involved dodging several tiny rockets sailing past your face. It would totally freak me out. I used to run through the fields as fast as I could screaming as grasshoppers pelted into my head and bounced off in a direction unknown. Of course, terrifying yourself as a kid is a total blast, so once I made it to safety I would simply turn around and do it again.
These little guys do have wings and can actually fly, but they are better known for their jumping ability. They essentially have a spring release mechanism that stores up energy and then catapults them forward when they need it. This amazing gift means they can jump super far. So far in fact, that if a human had the same ability they would be able to easily jump over a football stadium, which would be pretty darn cool to see. It’s really not surprising they’ve had a chance to develop these superpowers when you consider they’ve been around longer than dinosaurs.
By the way, grasshoppers and locusts are actually the same thing, we’ve just dubbed some parts of the species one and some the other. For some reason when referring to a plagues the word locust is always preferred, but I’ve no idea why. Catching one in your hands for a moment was always a thrill until you saw your hand which was covered in brown liquid. We thought it was poop until we finally realized they were actually just spitting on us. They were pissed, but you really couldn’t blame them. They were just wanting to be left alone to eat grandma’s crops while sailing through the hayfields.
Join me throughout the month of June on a virtual nature hike! Show everyone what you love most in nature with a watercolor sketch or painting and tag your images #NatureDoodlewash so we can all enjoy it with you! I’ll create a featured artist gallery of our global hike at the end of the month!