Handsome Meadow Katydid

Handsome Meadow Katydid perching on Swamp Rose hips

The preceding photograph shows a female Handsome Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum pulchellum) perching on ripe Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) hips. Blue eyes are a good field marker for identifying Handsome Meadow Katydids. Thanks to fellow photoblogger Mike Powell for confirming my tentative identification!

Did you notice the long, curved, reddish-colored structure extending from the posterior end of the abdomen? It’s an ovipositor that female katydids …

… use to insert eggs into hiding places (which can be in crevices on plants or even inside plant tissues). Can’t say if she’s actively laying — it’s quite an acrobatic process, involving curling up the abdomen, at least the times I’ve seen it in progress. But her abdomen appears pretty plump which may imply a full load of eggs. Source Credit: Matt Pelikan, BugGuide group on Facebook.

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One Response to “Handsome Meadow Katydid”

  1. Mike Powell Says:

    You got a wonderful shot of my favorite insect on colorful rose hips, the background I so desperately (and unsuccessfully) sought for dragonflies. Beautiful shot of an amazing insect.

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