Sunday, August 24, 2008

Broad-winged katydid

Remember the cute (well, I thought she was cute) katydid that blended in so perfectly with the leaves? I've been watching her. In fact, I've been keeping her, so I could take pictures of her as an adult.

Here she was a day or so ago, her adult wings stuffed into her too-small exoskeleton.

These katydids are constantly cleaning their feet.

The view down inside her container this morning. She has made her final shed. I looked for her old skin, but I couldn't find it. Maybe she ate it?

Close up of a very leaf-like wing.

Now that I've seen her to adulthood, it's time to release her so she can find a mate and I can look forward to more of these delightful bugs next summer.
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