This sequence of pictures covers 12 seconds as this grasshopper makes short order of one leaf. This was a fascinating show – he probed around with his antennae for his first leaf, then he held the leaf with his two front legs and tore into the leaf with his mandibles. When finished, he started probing for his next leaf.
He consumed three more leaves before I annoyed him enough that he tried hiding underneath a marigold blossom.
(Click on any picture to open the gallery and watch the grasshopper devour the leaf!)