>> Saturday, August 11, 2012
I quickly scooped her up and took her outside. Insects don't last long in my house - Sneakers usually gets pretty violent with them. While that's great when it comes to the horrifying house centipedes that I have a phobia of (slinky! fast! creepy!) I generally hate that cats kill for the fun of it. For good measure I ushered the male cats inside to give my katydid a fighting chance.
I adore bugs (aside from the aforementioned centipedes), but am not great at identification. I need some good field guides and to really spend some time working on it. Beyond knowing she's a katydid, and that her long ovipositer makes her a female, I can't get more specific. Any bug lovers want to tell me more? She was nearly 4 inches long - big enough that I considered calling her Big Bertha.
She sat on the railing on the back porch for ages and took a bath. I love the shots of her washing her antennae.