For Saint Patrick’s Day
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I don’t have an iota of Irish ancestry but for those of you who have Irish origins here’s something green in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day.
I was in our back yard earlier this afternoon when I happened to glance at the foliage on our citrus tree. And, there, I noticed a little insect, less than the size of my thumbnail. It was an immature katydid.
Katydids are close relatives of grasshoppers. As they mature they go through various stages of development. As they complete each stage the immature insects molt (shed their skins) and a new and somewhat different looking insect emerges. The final molt produces an adult. Adult katydids have wings and can fly. Not this little insect, in its immature stage it has just tiny vestigial wings.
I like this insect’s camouflage. It almost perfectly matches the surrounding vegetation and is all but invisible. I wouldn’t have noticed it at all but for the fact that it moved while I was looking in its direction.
So, happy Saint Patrick’s Day. I can’t think of anything more appropriate for the occasion than a little insect that is wearing green.
Photo made with Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, M setting, f11 @ 1/160.