Sunday, September 13, 2009
Here's a little grasshopper who liked my patio furniture, and stayed long enough for a good photo. Click on the photo to see the full-sized version and look at the amazing details of his legs!
Wish I knew what variety of grasshopper this little guy was. Love the red eyes.
Update Monday 9/14/09: My friend Betti put me on the right track. This little critter is a katydid, and its a "she." A wonderful blog Nature Inquiries also provides us with the answer to Maggie's question about the "stinger" at the tail: "the female is recognized by the curved, bladelike ovipositor protruding from the back of her abdomen. A structure of this sort is present in all female crickets and katydids."