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Friday, August 13, 2010

Katydids

We have many various species here, this is the Raspolia Cone Headed KatydidTettigoiidae tylopsis Grass Katydid
Concephalus caudalis Meadow Katydid - the difference to the one abobe is easily seen by the long tail.
This youngster is newly hatched so it is almost impossble to say what he is going to be.
The one below is not in my book so I cannot put a name to it.
Another young one just starting to get his wings.
Tylopsis Grass Katydid
Zabalius aridus True Leaf Katydid

36 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I am sure we have some of these around the garden. I just call them all grasshoppers:) Obviously I am wrong! Diane

Philip said...

Because you cannot identify something that means you have the right to give it a name I think it should be called BUGLADYIUS Crasshopperus :) just kidding Joan great shots :))

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Dont feel alone Diane, most people call them grasshoppers. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! I like that Philip. :)

Did you go and read the story I added on Mainly Mongoose about the lion I chased out of camp? :)

birdy said...

Hi Joan!
You captured these katydid very nicely. The leaf katydid is a wonderful species. Capturing katydids is always difficult for me, particularly their long antennae disturb me a lot.

Philip said...

Yep it seems like most Cats don't like to be shouted at even my wife's kitten doesn't when see jumps on my laptop keyboard LoL !!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Birdy. SO many of these look very creepy and with the long antennae, difficult to get a good shot of.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Good story too Philip. :) I just hope it does not press on the wrong keys when it jumps onto the keyboard and bombs your computer out, then it will be shouted at by you too!! LOL!!

When the people in the camp heard me shout, they came out and we all piled into the car and followed it down the road. It was in the camp in Timbivati so we were allowed to go out at night. Quite an experience I can tell you. I always say thank goodness it was me who came out and not one of the guests. Can you imagine how I would explain if one was eaten?? :) Phew!!

Gaelyn said...

There sure is a variety. Seems like the True Leaf is what we saw in Kruger.

Craver Vii said...

Pretty little things. You are so prolific, Joan! Hats off to you for producing so many images and for the educational value that you represent.

Rambling Woods said...

I would LOVE to get photos of our katydids..but I am so tied up with the new gardens..so I will enjoy yours.....Michelle

Steve Borichevsky said...

Wow, and I've only seen a few katydids in my life. These are too cool.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Yes, it is the same one Gaelyn. I have never come across one before although I had seen them in my book.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are welcome Craver. I think that when one is passionate about something, it is easy to carry that feeling over through photographs.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Your new gardens sounds spectacular Michelle and each passing year, as the things grow, it is going to look even better. I wonder if you have katydid there? Is it not maybe too cold?

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Steve. As with most of these insects, I am now only discovering what varities there are in these species.

Sandy said...

wow, you got some great shots.

Love the bugs!

The Early Birder said...

Lovely selection Joan. Note to self..must try to bend the knees more often and search out this interesting species. FAB.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sandy. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! You also have to leopard crawl under bushes and climb trees Frank. All great for keeping the limbs limber. :)

sebi_2569 said...

very nice photo;bravo

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Sebi. :)

A human kind of human said...

My mother always told me that you should learn something new everyday. Well today I have learned that these creatures are not grasshopper..... took me more than half a century to find that out. I have honestly always thought they were just a type of grasshopper and now I am wondering just what is the difference.

Zane said...

Wonderful topic Joan - green is my favourite colour - and these insects are predominantly green.

Lovely photographs - just wish I could find one or two.

I will keep my ears open for the Kenko tubes and a possibly buyer.

I really have had some great fun with spiders this weekend. Some lovely crab spiders - will post soon.

Becky and Gary said...

I think Katydids are just so cool. I was lucky to get some pictures of some around here last year, but so far this summer I haven't seen any.
B.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

The long antennea is a give-away in identification Anna and the legs too.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Zane. I just love those little crab spiders. They come in such wonderful colours too.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I wonder why Becky? Maybe we just dont notice them but I am sure they are around. :)

Mary said...

Wow..so many kinds! I tend to just see "little green bug with long antenae" when I see one :-) That's why you are the "Bug Lady" and I'm not.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! A good description Mary. :)

JM said...

I know some of these, their green is fantastic!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose. They are very common here, or at least, some of them are but can sometimes be hard to find.

Andrea said...

I really love this serie.
Great colors in the fifth!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Andrea. I did a great post for tomorrow (Monday). :)

Anna said...

I was just going to look at this post, but then wow factor for the photo. Joan amazing captures. Such an interesting creature. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Anna. I never realized how many deffernt ones there were in the species.