What is this critter?

The closest I could come to identifying it was: Carolina Locust (https://www.insectidentification.org/insect-description.asp?identification=Carolina-Locust)

  grievehopp350Saturday morning at 7:20 on October 20, 2018, I went to check my mail. As I walked along, I saw this critter sitting on the cement.

It didn’t move as I approached. Curious, I stopped and got closer, fully expecting it to jump away. Because it didn’t, I took a photo.


 grasshopper352 I got my mail, and as I walked back, I spotted the critter’s partner. Someone had stepped on it. It was about ten feet from the Carolina Locust. What was remarkable was that the locust was facing the dead insect partner.

I’ve heard animals that mate for life, but nothing about insects.

According to Dr. Becker, of Healthy Pets, these members of the animal kingdom mate for life.

~ Beavers with both parents caring for their young called kits.

~ Gibbons, the nearest relatives to humans that live in small, stable family groups.

~ Wolves live in packs that are typically family groups, but only the breeding pair mates, and has one litter a year.

~ French angelfish mate for life and fight to defend their territory against other angelfish pairs.

~ In Australia, the shingleback skink, lives alone for most of the year but get together with their partner during the breeding season. This heavily armored, blue-tongue lizard often seen crossing roads in pairs, the male following the female.

~ The Mute Swan typically mates for life, and swans will find another mate if their partner dies.

~ Albatrosses mate for life, and if one partner dies, the surviving bird may search for years for a new mate. They can live for fifty years.

~ Penguins are primarily monogamous, though Emperor Penguin partner for a season rather than for life.

~ Barn owls usually mate for life.

~ Though bald eagles spend winters and migrations alone; they remain monogamous throughout life with their chosen make. If one of the pairs dies, the surviving eagle will find a new mate for the next breeding season.

I seriously doubt that locust, if it is a locust, mates for life.

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