This cone-headed katydid is another introduced species, though Hawaii does have a native banza conehead, which I have yet to see. These coneheads are a big contributor to the nighttime insect buzz.
A katydid rests on the round, spiny fruits of a castor bean (Ricinus communis) plant. These fruit capsules contain large bean-like seeds which are very poisonous. In the photo, it looks like the katydid is feeding, presumably not on the poisonous bits.
Just a straightforward ‘Spot the katydid’ photo. I was sorting some older photos and I had to look at this one more than once to figure out what was going on.
I noticed this katydid on the outside of a window and hurried to take a photo. There are a couple of things I like about this photo.
One is that it reminds me that it’s good to look at things from a different perspective now and then. The other is that it reminds me I really, really need to wash the windows.
A katydid waits on the corner of the lanai, its stick-like legs at odd angles, appearing broken in the middle. But if I get too close it will ping away, as those same legs rocket it to safety.