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.

Publicado por lizch lizch, 10 de diciembre de 2019

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