Sunday, March 23, 2014

Riverside Place: KatydidJuvenile Grasshopper* Katydid**

Photo: Jonathan Vandiveer, March 22, 2014.  Vandiveer caught sight of this Katydid creature, looking like an alien from a horror movie, while it was grasping two dismembered insect legs in a bush in his yard. 

I'm not sure if we're seeing predation or molting. Either way it's a terrific shot.  Especially since in my only encounter with a Katydid, it was already dead.

*CORRECTION 3-22-14: No sooner had I posted the original, than I got an update from Vandiveer who was visiting the Los Angeles Zoo. He showed the photo to an entomologist, who said it was a juvenile grasshopper who had just molted.

**CORRECTION 3-30-14: It's a Katydid.  See post 3-30-14 for complete update.  It's no surprise the LA Zoo entomologist was at a disadvantage, she was looking at Vandiveer's photo on his iPhone in bright sunlight.