Thursday 12 April 2012

K for Katydid what?

To be honest, I didn't have a firggin clue what to do for my K post. All I could come up with was katydids. Problem is, I already touched on that in my G post for grasshoppers. "Aw, phooey," I said in my best Donald Duck impersonation. It was almost 11:00 pm last night, I was tired and in a bit of a quandry when the apple fell. Yeah! The idea came thanks to one of Treelight's question a few posts back. Treelight asked me about brown and green being colors for grasshoppers. Well, varying shades of brown and green may be the most common for grasshoppers and katydids, but they do come in other smashing color as well, pink and yellow for example. So today, I'm going to give you a break from all the sciencey (I know that's not even a word) stuff, and because you've been so great putting up with my bug theme, and because I'm out of ideas for today, I shall give you Katydid Eye Candy.
*cue the disco lights*


  1. Fantastic pictures - what a wonderful world nature is.

  2. I had no idea you could get pink grasshoppers! Nature is infinitely amazing.

    Spiderman dude is just above the bottome right pic!

  3. Love the pictures. Who knew bugs could be so beautiful? (Well, okay, you obviously did, but I had no clue!)

  4. trekking your blog!!! no idea! colorful creatures!


  5. I see the little bugger posing as spidy! LOL! Colorful post!

  6. Sally: Thanks and it sure is!

    Nick: Spiderman grasshopper is terrible at camouflage. (:

    Tia: Hello there! Glad you liked the pics. (:

    Icedgurl: Thanks for stopping by!

    Mina: I see spidy bug can't fool you either. :D

  7. Very cool! I think my favorite is the pink one on the top row. It looks like a flower petal. Very pretty.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Dianna Fielding

    1. The pink one is stunning! Thanks for stopping by. (:

  8. Wow, I had no idea they came in so many colours. Does it mean they're poisonous to eat?

    Moody Writing
    The Funnily Enough

    1. Hi Mood! Good question. In general bright coloration indicates an insect is dangerous, poisonous, or foul-tasting. And then you have some non-offensive insects that will mimic these colorations to "trick" potential predators. But I think most have little to do with toxicity and more to do with camouflage. For example, the bright pink on that Dianna likes is mimicking the color of a pink tropical flower. The brown, a dead leaf. And then you have some like the peacock katydid that mimics the eyes of a bird to scare off predators. Insects have developed all kinds of way to keep from getting eaten! (:

  9. Very neat Elise. We get the common green ones around here and I had no idea of the variety that existed. We do enjoy looking at similar colors at a local reptile zoo--sported by the tree frogs of the rain forests.

  10. Wow, some of them are kind of pretty.

  11. Slamdunk: Thanks for stopping by! We get the green and brown ones where we live too. Tropical reptiles can be really colorful too, wish there was a reptile zoo close to where we live.

    Jessica: Only kind of? ((((=


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