09.05.2020 Short-winged Meadow Katydid

These may be short-winged but that certainly does not describe their antennae.

Conocephalus brevipennis 

I received the diffusers for the twin flash and they seem to reduce the specular highlights a fair amount. This has been a good year for insect photography in the yard and it just got a little better.


About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 09.05.2020 Short-winged Meadow Katydid

  1. It’d be out of place in a meadow but the formation in the lower right keeps making me think of a doughnut.

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    • krikitarts says:

      Nah, that’s clearly a cheese bagel, albeit a rather stretched one, with a lot of black sesame seeds around the central opening.

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      • Now you’ve reminded me of the years when I rode the subway as part of my commute to college in Manhattan from my home on Long Island. One day in the Columbus Circle subway station where I had to change trains I noticed that someone must have dropped a bagel on the platform and it had rolled off and fallen into the area between the train tracks. I watched for weeks as that bagel gradually deteriorated.

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    • shoreacres says:

      Your story of the bagel between the train tracks reminded me of one of those “it’s not my job” stories. On TX 35 between Tivoli and Rockport, the highway runs along the NW edge of the Aransas Wildlife Refuge. It’s pretty isolated, and there’s plenty of wildlife in the area. A large rabbit had been struck and killed by a car, and it landed at the edge of the highway. When the state striping crew came along and added new white lines to the edge of the road, they striped right over the rabbit.

      That was funny enough, but I looked for the rabbit every time I traveled the road, and over time, it slowly disintegrated. After it was gone, it’s shadow remained in the paint, and it stayed there until another striping took place.

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    • I thought of a smoke ring but a doughnut might be healthier.


  2. krikitarts says:

    Katydids’ antennae are something special. This one looks like it might have missed its ideal footing with its posterior pair of legs, but it seems to be quite comfortable with the natural spikes that work like the crampons used by tree climbers and telephone pole repairpersons.

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    • It’s amazing how they can grip a perch as they do. I shot a grasshopper yesterday, which will eventually show up here later, with the same “grip”. Maybe that’s where hikers and climbers got the idea for crampons.

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  3. melissabluefineart says:

    I like the look of this image a lot. And Katydids! I love katydids.

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  4. shoreacres says:

    Have you ever seen one of these katydids cleaning its antennae? It’s the cutest thing in the world. I’d never thought of insects grooming themselves until I saw one do it.

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  5. Beautiful. Katy sure did!

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  6. Todd Henson says:

    Some of these katydids really do have long antennae. It can be a challenge sometimes to keep them in the frame, but you had no problem with that here.

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    • It’s a little tricky at night and handheld. Many of my frames cut the antenna off just short of the end. I hold a flashlight next to one of the flashes which helps me see what I am doing and also is necessary for the autofocus to have a target. That helps to see the antenna but it can still be hard to compose it in.


  7. Very nice capture, Steve! And very impressive antennae.

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  8. Gallivanta says:

    A lovely photo. I suppose with such long back legs and such long antennae, the katydid didn’t need long wings.

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