Katydid, On Reflection
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Louisa and I were eating dinner last night when she asked me: “what’s that insect?” I looked in the direction she was pointing and saw a katydid sitting on the outside surface of our family room window. I announced that I would photograph it if it was still there when we finished eating. Ten minutes elapsed, we’d eaten, and the katydid hadn’t budged, so I grabbed my camera and went outside. It sat obligingly, while I photographed it.
Katydids are related to grasshoppers and, as should be obvious from their extremely long hind legs, they can jump considerable distances. I see them in our backyard from time to time and I find them to be a welcome sight because of their grace and beauty. A few weeks ago I featured a post of an immature katydid on our backyard grapefruit tree. This individual is an adult.
I really like this second photograph because in it the katydid appears to be contemplating its reflection. I doubt that it is, but who knows what these insects actually think?
Images made with a Canon 5Diii, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, ISO 125, M setting, f13 @ 1/160.