Monday, October 15, 2012

What, Because my Name is Katy, I Must be a Girl?

The Texas Bush Katydid inspecting its undercarriage via the reflection in the tabletop glass, is a bold and brash member of the Orthoptera order.  Though not rare per se, what is rare is to catch one without its Stetson and boots on.  This one, having clearly just awoken, has no qualms about prancing about in the "suit it was born in".  The little fella is probably a bit confused.  As his normal diet is broad-leafed woody deciduous plants this wicker tabletop seems to have him perplexed.

Note too the long rear legs.  Although this is common among the grasshoppers, crickets and katydids, the Texas Bush Katydid has especially pronounced hind legs to aid in mounting.  Can you imagine a fat little cricket with his relatively short hind legs trying to get up in the saddle?  It's just plain ridiculous.  

Although not seen here, the Texas Bush Katydid is also seldom without its lasso.  Most Texas Bush Katydids spend their lives as herders; however, a select few have been known to stray from the straight and narrow to live a life of rustling.  Herders and rustlers can be be distinguished from one another by the colour of their hats (white and black, respectively) as well as the firearms they carry; herders are known to carry long rifles and the occasional shotgun to ward off predators while rustlers are partial to six shooters.  The exception to this is the Texas Ranger Bush Katydid which can be identified by its ivory-handled silver pistols and its fondness for Chuck Norris films.

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