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Katydid eating monarch larva

Katydid eating monarch larva
Dennison, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
July 24, 2016
Size: Body 18mm OAL 46mm
This katydid ate a 3rd instar monarch larva this morning. I didn't see it kill the caterpillar, but saw it dragging the caterpillar and appearing to eat the resulting juice.

meadow katydid nymph of some sort
These are omnivorous, and I have seen them take out small flies and other insects. I wouldn't think one would take on a full size caterpillar though. Maybe the caterpillar was already injured?

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Thanks! It could have been al
Thanks! It could have been already injured, however the caterpillar was small, only about 1 cm or slightly more.

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