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Bug of the Week: Finding Katydids

Things have been crazy here the last few weeks, but I finally had a chance to do some photography again.

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Looking at the hollyhocks in the back yard, I spotted this beige bug. I can tell from the long antennae and shape that it is a katydid nymph.

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It took a bit longer, but then I noticed something else. Do you see it?

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See it now? There is a second green katydid nymph on the same plant.

Wondering what is up with the different colors?

The oblong-winged katydid is known for being highly variable in color. It ranges from green to tan to orange-yellow to even bright pink! Now that would be something to see.

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Once I started checking more closely, I found yet another green katydid. I guess that shows that camouflage colors might be harder to detect.

Aren't those long hind legs something else?

Have you ever seen a katydid? What color was it?

 

 

 

 

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