Nymph Bush KatydidKatydids are relatives of the grasshopper and cricket. This Bush Katydid belongs to the Scudderia family of katydids. More specifically it is a Scudderia furcata - a Fork-tailed Bush Katydid.
Katydids are laid as eggs. Eggs can survive the winter, and then hatch in the spring. A nymph form emerges without any wings. That nymph then molts a few times until it reaches its adult form, when it finally gets to have wings.
This nymph katydid was found on a leaf in the middle of June. It had not yet "earned its wings"! The nymph form of a bush katydid has long antennae which are black with white spots. Its body is lovely lime green, and its legs are yellow in color with black feet. It has large, black eyes.
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