Photo of the Week – December 11, 2014

For no particular reason, here are two unrelated photos from the same day.  Both photographs were taken on September 28, 2014 at our family prairie south of Aurora, Nebraska.  I wish I could come up with a pithy and informative way to link the two together, or to a larger theme or lesson.  I can’t.  I just like the photos.  I hope you do too.

A katydid on stiff goldenrod.  Frequent readers of The Prairie Ecologist will remember that you can distinguish a katydid from a grasshopper by its very long antenna.
A katydid on stiff goldenrod. Frequent readers of The Prairie Ecologist will remember that you can distinguish a katydid from a grasshopper by its very long antenna.

 

Stiff goldenrod seeds resting on the leaf beneath the seedhead they dropped from.
Stiff goldenrod seeds resting on the leaf beneath the seedhead from which they dropped.

 

10 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – December 11, 2014

  1. Joanne December 11, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    You have a very discerning eye to see what most would miss –great photos!

  2. Malia December 11, 2014 / 5:26 pm

    Is there a possibility that the katydid drops some of the seeds it is eating, thereby facilitating another distribution route? That would be a link. In any case, just gorgeous!

      • Tom P. December 12, 2014 / 4:04 pm

        Be interesting to know what the soil and topography are that enable the brown “plume” leading to the WNW from Kearny and the NNW / SSE trending area to the east of Kearny.

  3. lancemfoster December 12, 2014 / 9:40 am

    I would say common elements would include the colors (palette of greens and tans) and the emphasis on the strong diagonal lines (grasshopper antennae and legs; goldenrod stem and the hairs (what is the proper term?) on the seed)…even though both are at rest, because of the diagonal lines there is a sense of motion at the same time

  4. lancemfoster December 12, 2014 / 9:42 am

    we Ioways don’t have a separate word for katydid vs grasshopper

  5. patti holmlund December 12, 2014 / 10:45 am

    I enjoyed both photos; but connected with the “seed” one. Just something about it. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Karen Hamburger December 12, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    AW The katydid has freckles.

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