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Forgotten Photo Friday – Oblong-winged Katydid

Sadly(?), it’s that time again.

It’s too darn cold out for most bugs, and I suspect that my recent run of finding critters IN the house has dried up for the most part, so real-time photos will be quite scarce until the spring (*cry*). While I do plan on practicing (and sharing) my studio-style photography during the winter months whenever I can find a subject, I think it’s time to bring back the Forgotten Photo Friday series for another year.

After returning from BugShot and dropping some coin on a new-to-me flash, I spent quite a few days playing outside, experimenting with this new light source. I managed to get a few decent snapshots of critters around my house.  Here’s the first:

Mine foot is tasty (omnomnom) - a green Katydid

Amblycorypha oblongifolia - Oblong-winged Katydid - nibbling her toesies.

It seemed like there were a LOT of katydids around this year, more than I can remember in past summers. They were frequent visitors to my back porch light, and the chorus of their combined songs at night was marvelously loud.

I somehow spotted this chunky-pretty and incredibly cryptic female on a low, still-green shrub alongside a trail in the woods in mid-September.  I plucked a red leaf off the ground and offered it to her, to offset her vibrant green colour bef0re snapping her portrait. She kindly obliged.

Apparently entirely unbothered by me, she spent most of her photoshoot grooming her toesies tarsi.

Fun fact: this species comes in two other color morphs – tan/orange and PINK. PINK!!!  I’m pretty sure I would lose my bananas if I came across a pink katydid.

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10 responses to “Forgotten Photo Friday – Oblong-winged Katydid

  1. falijn December 16, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    What a beautiful picture!

  2. Ted C. MacRae December 16, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    I’m dying to see one of those pink ones!

    • TGIQ December 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      Oh, I KNOW!!! Wouldn’t that just be something? Pink is not really a colour I commonly associate with insects. Actually, besides a few moths with bits of pink on the wings, I really can’t think of any others!

  3. Scott Hogsten December 16, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    We had one make a splash in Central Ohio a couple of years ago Jim McCormac posted about it on his blog http://jimmccormac.blogspot.com/2009/07/pinkishly-outrageous.html If you search his blog for “Pinky” you can see some other posts about it. Unfortunately Pinky met an untimely end by way of a tachnid fly larva.

  4. Fertanish December 24, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Although I miss kneeling in the mud to take shots, I’ve actually come to appreciate the lack of insects during the winter. It makes me appreciate the Spring that much more, plus I think I’m rejuvenated to take, hopefully, better shots.

    Although I found it to be a waste of resources for a few years, I really grew to appreciate my flash last summer as I focused mainly on macro critter photography. I bet you’ll really dig it next year.

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