Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

Scudderia furcata on Sumac (Rhus sp.) fruit
Camera settings: f/11, 1/25 sec., ISO-640, 234 mm focal length equivalent.

I was so glad to get this guy identified. Thanks goes to the folks on BugGuide. I had a pretty decent field guide, but still couldn’t get to the species. It turns out this species is known for having populations that are predominantly pink, red, or brown in color, which is unusual in the katydid family. Casey and I found three individuals that were this color in a sand prairie/savanna in southeastern Missouri last September.

Scudderia furcata
Camera settings: f/14, 1/100 sec., ISO-640, 234 mm focal length equivalent.

 

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