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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Microcentrum Geek Out, Continued

So I was heading to the back garden to see if the rudbeckia needed water (again) when I noticed an insect skin (shed exoskeleton) hanging from a lantana leaf.

On closer inspection I realized the former owner of this skin, a slightly larger Microcentrum californicum, was hanging out on top of the leaf: its new covering curing in the sun.  I am not embarrassed to say I exclaimed out loud, "Yes!".  Anyway, it's exciting to see this newer species proliferating, or at least metamorphizing, in my yard.

Really long antennae.  Odd star shaped mouthparts.
Cute brown bug-eyes.  Glowing green.
California anglewinged katydid.

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