Up Close and Personal With a Katydid

RD has only seen and read about katydids and how adept they are at camouflage in his science subject but has never seen one up close

True Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers and crickets. They grow over two inches long and are leaf-green in color.

Katydids have oval-shaped wings with lots of veins. They resemble leaves. True Katydids live in forests, thickets, or fields with lots of shrubs or trees. Katydids spend most of their time at the tops of trees where most of the leaves are. They are usually heard, but not seen.*

RD has always been interested in insects,  and was pleasantly surprised when he found one on the door of our terrace. He wasted no time in collecting and examining the insect.

After examining it and consulting a book (his favorite, too!) called “Simon & Schuster Children’s Guide to Insects and Spiders, he found out it was a male katydid. RD played with it for awhile; letting it crawl on his arm, on my head, on his sister’s leg (and she cried, “Eek!”), and when his curiosity was satiated, he let it go.

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*Resource: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/true_katydid.htm

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