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Handsome Meadow Katydid (female)

Orchelimum pulchellum

Description:

A Handsome Meadow Katydid perching on ripe Swamp Rose (Rosa palustris) hips. Blue eyes are a good field marker for identifying Handsome Meadow Katydids. This individual is a female, as indicated by its ovipositor -- a long, curved, reddish-colored structure extending from the posterior end of the abdomen. Thanks to Mike Powell for confirming my tentative ID, and to Matt Pelikan, BugGuide group on Facebook, for help in ID-ing the katydid's gender. Related Resources: 1) Ovipositor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ovipositor 2) Swamp Rose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_rose

Habitat:

Huntley Meadows Park, a 1,425 acre wetland area in Fairfax County, Virginia USA. Related Resource: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/huntl...

Notes:

Copyright © 2013 Walter Sanford. All rights reserved. www.wsanford.com

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Spotted on Sep 18, 2013
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