Requiem for a Grasshopper

“Nature, in her untamed state, is savage and unrelenting.”
– Fennel Hudson

I have seen so many of these shots in the past few weeks: pictures I have captured only to see a detail I missed. Here I have a grasshopper sitting on some dead flower stems. But, did you notice, he only has one large rear leg? Something had removed the entire leg up to where it attaches to the thorax. Now I wonder if he was already the egg pouch for some wasp or the impending dinner for a big wolf spider – we have many of both around the house. He was gone the next day so my question may never be answered. However, it represents the brutality that makes up a large part of the tiny world beneath our feet. You would think we could do better in our own world.

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