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Bug of the Week: A Katydid Nymph of the Tiniest Sort

A few days ago I planted a few zinnias with the hope of attracting insects.


It is working out already. Can you spot the insect? Hint:  look for the antennae.

katydid-nymph-close-upPerhaps this close up will help.

It seems amazing that something as small as this tiny katydid nymph could find these flowers so quickly.

Can’t wait to see what shows up next!

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.


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.


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


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.


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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