Menagerie Monday: Bush Crickets

Last week was a very good one for visitors to our Dahlia flowers, where I saw the mantis featured (here) in my post of the week before. No more mantises, though—this time, over the course of a few days, I found several young katydids (Caedicia simplex), also commonly called New Zealand bush crickets, exploring the blossoms. They were still in the nymph stage, some (the one in the first photo was one) starting to show small, developing wings, and other even-younger ones (sec0nd photo) with no winglets in evidence as yet. They were quite able to get around, though, as they are excellent jumpers!

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8 Responses to Menagerie Monday: Bush Crickets

  1. shoreacres says:

    It took me a while to sort out the genera. I often see meadow katydid nymphs, but they belong to Conocephalus. I found it’s the same family, though. Now I’m wondering why I see so many nymphs, but never an adult. It may be a matter of timing, or it may be that the adults look different than I expect when I think, “katydid.” The color of this flower certainly complements yours, and you’re right that they can move darned fast.

    • krikitarts says:

      The nymphs are certainly far more susceptible to predation than the adults, which are excellent fliers. The adult looks like a pair of very elongated green leaves with just enough room for a small-cricket-sized body sandwiched in between. I am fascinated by their fierce-yet-comical facial “expressions.”

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Catching insects on flowers is a rewarding experience for the photographer. You have done a great job, my friend!

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful images, my friend, especially the first one. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      It’s such a treat finding these little folk enjoying our garden. I’ve only rarely seen an adult here–hopefully a few of them may yet survive their wingless stage. I’m surely grateful that I have!

  4. Katydid nymphs are difficult to get to species and one entomologist on BG.N read me the riot act about seeking an ID. We ended up as friends and he’s the one who showed my the spider I mentioned the other day. I guess at that stage genital dissection is required and my attitude has always been “I don’t need to know that bad”. Hope you get to an adult again one of these days.

    • krikitarts says:

      I hope only the faintest few ever “need to know” that badly. I’m quite happy with an educated guess, and there are quite a few reliable resources around. I also hope to have a close encounter with an adult later in the year!

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