10 de diciembre de 2019

Bush katydid pets

I had two female bush-type katydids over the summer of 2019. Curious and deliberate, they enjoyed slowly walking out of their enclosure, having a groom, and exploring. They liked to eat tree buds as well as their usual Romaine lettuce. If they were hungry, they‘d nibble on my skin. Didn’t hurt, but surprised me at first.

I had to be careful to keep the top on the enclosure secure or they found a way to worm out of it. They could and would fly. But they weren’t really flighty, like other Phaneropterans. Um, there’s nothing like having a Giant Katydid decide your face was a great place to fly.

On Dec. 9, I found three potentially bush-type katydid nymphs. They are probably Mediterranean Katydids (Phaneroptera nana). Wonder if my summer ladies were the same species. Waiting to find out.

I also have a Giant Katydid and a Florida Oblong-Winged Katydid. Rescued the Giant from Publix. Found the FOWK in Lakeland as a tiny nymph. FOWK sings all the time--enjoying his jaunty raspy rhythm now. Publix sings occasionally late at night--a rather explosive and loud ZEET! Glad my son isn't home. He expressed a little good-humored annoyance at the summer cacophony of greater meadow and conehead katydids.

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07 de octubre de 2019

Jumping spider hammocks

I discovered how to find certain jumpers to photograph them in their habitat. I know they make web hammocks to rest in. But I didn’t realize how they make them in the wild and what they looked like. Yesterday, I saw a two flower heads bound together by a small thick web. Upon further inspection, I saw some stout Iegs—spider? When I took a closer look, the legs disappeared and the web hammock appeared empty.

So what happened? Went back to area a few hours later and saw the legs again. I backed away to watch it. The hammock owner emerged to take a look at me. The black-and-white pattern & blue “fangs” revealed a big male bold jumper. When I moved closer for a better picture, he instantly jumped down to the ground and disappeared. So that’s what happened.

I found a smaller hammock in a sedge seed head that housed a smaller jumper, probably a young bold.

So jumpers are one of the things that would sometimes pop out of those silk structures on plants that I investigated as a child. I hoped to find a lep caterpillar, cocoon or pupa. But I quickly learned the investigation was risky...

Lakeland, FL 20191006

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