I came across the following grasshopper this afternoon while walking to my car. It was initially resting amongst some fallen tree leaves, but as I got closer to my car I must have startled it, as it then ran to the tree, and is also how I noticed it.
It was calm enough for me to temporarily hold it in a cut-in-half water bottle, and I was able to take a few more pictures, and record a brief video. Afterwards, I released the grasshopper back into the grass and it promptly flew away. :)
When searching for its species, I was only able to find a dessert grasshopper, Trimerotropis pallidipennis, but I live in KY, and not out west, so I don't think that's it.
Can someone ID this for me please?
Location: Central KY, USA.