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.
Stiff goldenrod seeds resting on the leaf beneath the seedhead from which they dropped.
You have a very discerning eye to see what most would miss –great photos!
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!
Thought you would find this interesting, from NASA’s Image of the Day on December 7th http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=84845&src=eoa-iotd
Awesome! Thanks Laura!
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.
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
oops, katydid not grasshopper lol
we Ioways don’t have a separate word for katydid vs grasshopper
I enjoyed both photos; but connected with the “seed” one. Just something about it. Thanks for sharing.
AW The katydid has freckles.