Differential Grasshopper - Melanoplus differentialis
Forewings and pronotum are uniform, without any distinctive marks. Black herringbone markings on outer face of hind femora. Yellow hind tibiae.
Habitat: Spotted on Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) in a rural garden. I always walk over to this plant so I can smell it, and was glad to see this cute fella resting on the plant!
The differential grasshopper is a species of grasshopper belonging to the genus ''Melanoplus'' found throughout northern Mexico, central United States and southern Ontario, Canada. It is considered a pest in most of its range.