The subject of a katydid with a pollen grain on its antenna came up on Steve Schwartzman’s blog today and I realized that I haven’t posted a katy here…at least according to WP’s search feature.
Katydids are sometimes difficult to ID. I posted this on BugGuide a while back, but no species ID could be discerned from the pictures. It is a Scudderia or Bush Katydid and a male. To the misfortune of the orthopteran, often the only way to get a good ID is to dissect the genitals. Aside from not having that skill, I don’t really need to know that badly. Were I an actual insectologist (yeah, most people would say entomologist, but my way is more fun…and it’s a real word) it might be important enough but not just for a photograph.
Two years ago I found this katydid eating the pollen from one of our Hibiscus flowers. I knew they ate leaves, as well as small bugs, but didn’t know pollen was a food source.