03 March 2011

How green are my wings

Gaddafi has tried, but he can't ruin the colour green.

Gum Leaf Katydid - Torbia viridissima

Even the elytra are green-veined.

See the Chew family's charming, informative, and extensively illustrated page about these katydids, complete with pictures and an account of egg-laying, here. It is part of their always fascinating Brisbane Insects site.

I'd never seen a katydid this large, but found the one above on a forest path–and like sometime revolutions, another one just moments and metres away.

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