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Monday, May 28, 2012

Flagstone Find

So I was walking along the garden path today, going to check if the rudbeckia transplants needed water yet again when I noticed a pudgier, greener, dare I say cuter? katydid nymph on one of the flagstones.

This little one looks a lot like this post on bugguide, which would make it Microcentrum californicum, the California anglewinged katydid.

It's always fun to find something out of the ordinary, especially on the flagstones.  Here's a website that has images, info and most excitingly recordings of crickets and katydids.  The link goes to recordings of M. californicum; if you click on list of species you can view and/or hear other species.  Cheers and happy exploring among the virtual flagstones.


Cindy said...

I love these katydids. They seem to be much less common than the scudders and those little Mediterranean ones that are all over the place right now, which is why it's such a treat to find one. In fact, I found a tiny first-instar Microcentrum last weekend, and I'm trying to rear him, but haven't gotten him on my blog yet!

biobabbler said...

ADORable! =)