Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ant-mimicking katydid

This small katydid nymph turned up in our yard earlier this month. It was on a plant frequented by Black rattle ants (Polyrhachis australis) which are about the same size as the nymph.

Not only does the nymph resemble the ants at a glance, its movements were very ant-like. Katydid specialist David Rentz thinks the nymph may be Kurandoptera purpura.

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