Monday, August 10, 2015

Bush Katydids

While scanning the flower garden with my camera lens, I spotted something move on the Blue Salvia.   I stepped in and zoomed closer.  Through the lens I saw a couple itsy bitsy insects, one tinier than the other, with super long antennae.  It was the antennae moving that had, seconds before then, caught my attention.  Were these young grasshoppers?  I wondered.

A quick look online informed me that these are nymph katydids.  More than likely, they are fork-tailed bush katydids, the most widespread katydids in the U.S. 

These little nymphs will lose their colors as they grow, with the exception of green.  I had seen the adult katydids before but didn't know the difference between them and grasshoppers.  

I found a couple interesting web sites about katydids- Bug Eric's blog (click here for the link) and Bug of the Week (click here).   

I hope your week gets off to a great start!  Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  


  1. Good morning, pretty blooms and great captures of the katydids! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  2. It's amazing how long those antennae are!! Oh my. Sweet, sweet photos, Susan. Bug Eric is a great place for information. However, he posted on FB that someone had cloned his site and passing it off as their own. So until Google pulls the site down he will no longer post there. So sad.