Copyright 2009-2014 by Holly K. Austin unless otherwise noted. All rights reserved.
If you would like to use an image for some purpose, please contact me via the comments feature.

Friendly Katydid Katydidn't

>> Saturday, August 11, 2012

I was standing in my kitchen when I looked over and noticed wee little Wednesday staring intently at the floor with her ears swept forward.  Sensing she might be up to no good, I leaned forward to see what she was looking at, and lo and behold!  I had a very large katydid strolling across my dining room floor!

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.

I want a macro lens soooo badly.  It's on my wish list.  I want to get good close-ups of buggy eyes!


sarah August 12, 2012 at 10:22 AM  

She looks like a leaf become sentient. Also, since you used the word ovipositor, allow me to introduce you to two of my favorite bloggers simultaneously, in case you don't already know them: murr, and Julie:

biobabbler August 12, 2012 at 12:02 PM  

=) your post was charming (I adore katydids) and the post title Sarah shared cracked me up. I get it re: house centipedes. If they were sleepy, ponderous things, I'm sure folks'd be charmed. I DO admire the symmetry of their many legs.

Katydids, on the other hand, I love like a sister. They are beautiful, whimsical, and have friendly faces. I assume you've dug through before? I'm not a bug person, but I've found many an answer (and kind & generous expert) there. (translation, I'm too hot right now to dig through and give you some allegedly good guess) Bug people are fabulous.

I think fewer people would be freaked out by bugs if they noticed how much time they spend grooming. =)

I love how moody the last shot is. Few photographers credit bugs with pathos. =)

Woodswoman Extraordinaire August 12, 2012 at 12:08 PM  

Sarah, I LOLed at "Our future froghopper is comfortably ensconced in a protective nest of wet farts." Great post! And Biobabbler, I tend to forget about - I will absolutely start spending more time there!

Maggie August 12, 2012 at 8:52 PM  

Holly, you are so talented! How did you learn to take such great photographs - did you teach yourself?

Woodswoman Extraordinaire August 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM  

Maggie, many years of practice. I did take photography when I was at MPH, but that's the only formal training I've had. I am an artist as well, and took a few art courses in college, but no photography. Just lots of practice over many years. And I LOVE digital photography, because all my many crappy pictures don't cost me anything to develop!

Post a Comment

  © Blogger templates Shiny by 2008

Back to TOP