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January 21, 2011 | Finca La Isla, Limon Province, Costa Rica

If not for the long antennae, this large katydid could easily be mistaken for a grasshopper.

Large Bark Katydid

May 17th, 2011 - 5:40 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 1 Comment

75mm | January 19, 2011

Armonia Nature Preserve, Limon Province, Costa Rica


This large katydid was trying to remain inconspicuous on the side a tree. With a body three inches long and antennae over twice that, it was difficult to miss. I considered making this a crypsis challenge, but it seemed too easy.

In the second photo, it’s in the lower right corner.

Identification Challenge #5 Reveal

November 28th, 2010 - 8:43 AM | Filed under Identification Challenges | No comments

As usual, Ted C. MacRae was right on all counts for this challenge:

January 28, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I thought perhaps the swept-back antenna across the bottom third of the photo might throw people off. Not so.

Here’s a better shot of the katydid which was cooperative enough to allow some good closeups. This should put all the body parts shown above in context.


My sister guessed a dragonfly via a Facebook comment. I can see the resemblance so not a bad guess.

Crypsis Challenge #4 Reveal

October 23rd, 2010 - 9:42 AM | Filed under Crypsis Challenges | No comments

Hopefully it didn’t take more than a few seconds to spot the katydid in this image.

January 27, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil