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Oh what a bright green

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Nymph on Vitis riparia Leaf 7168

From June 7 at Illinois Beach State Park here’s a nymph of a bush katydid in the genus Scudderia standing on a shiny new leaf of a riverbank grape vine, Vitis riparia.

© 2016 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

July 7, 2016 at 7:39 AM

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  1. fantastic colors


    July 7, 2016 at 8:03 AM

  2. Excellent colours, not only the green! 🙂


    July 7, 2016 at 8:11 AM

  3. beautifully composed, and well-spotted.


    July 7, 2016 at 9:50 AM

  4. As bright and shiny as the leaf is, it seems to have been a bit nibbled and gnawed. I read that katydids eat leaves, stems, flowers, and other bits of plant life, so your katydid nymph is at the top of my list of suspects for the leaf damage. Don’t you think it has a slightly guilty expression on its face?

    I like the way the background green shines through the holes in the leaf, too. it’s a great complement to the shiny green nymph.


    July 7, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    • I found some nibbled coreopsis flowers nearby as well. I expect you’re right that this katydid nymph and others of its kind are the culprits, even if I didn’t see any eating going on while I was there, and even if I can’t read insect expressions.

      Like you, I appreciate the two tones of green here, which together complement the brown of the grape leaf. Now I can’t stop thinking about the two-tone cars of the late 1950s.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 7, 2016 at 9:23 PM

  5. So interesting .. I can see the resemblance to the parents. 😃


    July 9, 2016 at 2:02 AM

  6. Now you’ve got me remembering three-tone cars. Our swimming coach in grade school had a 3-tone ’56 Thunderbird that I immediately fell in love with. I remember asking him how much it cost, and I clearly remember him answering $3,000. Ah, those were the days! And now you’ve got Little Deuce Coupe running through my head too. Thanks a lot.


    July 9, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    • You’re welcome. I’m glad to have made you a Rambler back through time.

      As for the cost of the car you mentioned, here’s what I found online: “A simple Purchasing Power Calculator would say the relative value is $26,200.00. This answer is obtained by multiplying $3000 by the percentage increase in the CPI from 1956 to 2015.” Looked at in that light, things aren’t much different.

      Steve Schwartzman

      July 10, 2016 at 6:21 AM

  7. I usually see a few of these in the yard by now. Not so this year…maybe I should head to the mid-west too.

    Steve Gingold

    July 10, 2016 at 2:24 PM

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