I was walking the dogs out in the back pasture/prairie-to-be about noon today and saw a very-much-alive, 1/2" long, bright green, newly hatched, short-horned grasshopper. It was only about 45 degrees outside and IT IS FEBRUARY 5th, for Pete's sake!
I don't know whether to be glad or upset. We had a scourge of grasshoppers last summer, so I know there are eggs everywhere. Looking on the bright side, perhaps many of them will hatch out now and be killed by succeeding freezes before spring truly arrives. Looking on the gloomy side, they've started showing up already! Help!