Life in the Country
Next to my front door. Had to go horizontal to catch the full spread of the antennae. Didn’t want to intrude, so I left. When I came back, the white was gone. Fell? Eaten?
“A grasshopper molts, shedding its outer layer (exoskeleton) and leaving a hollow shell (exuviae) behind.” Encyclopædia Britannica – exoskeleton: grasshopper molting The Amateur Entomologists’ Society says this would be a cricket, due to the length of the antennae, AES – Grasshoppers and Crickets (Order: Orthoptera). The EB entry on crickets didn’t explain molting as well.
Bag hanging in an unused corner of the barn. Residents left the day before.