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Kiss Me, Katydid - female

Kiss Me, Katydid - Female
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
September 30, 2008
Size: 64 inches
I would much have preferred that the katydid be in focus, but my camera has that annoying "face-seeking" feature for the human portraits it assumes you're photographing.

I'm actually not kissing the katydid, but it wouldn't surprise anyone if I was...

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Lady beetle lady at TX mini-gathering - female Lady beetle lady at TX mini-gathering - female Lady beetle lady at TX mini-gathering - female Abby admiring the admiral (Homo sapiens, Vanessa atalanta) - female Kiss Me, Katydid - female

Just noticed the Shakespearian reference.

Nice one!
Man, I have just got to get myself a cooperative insect to pose with! I haven't submitted a portrait because I don't much care for having my picture taken. But everyone looks better with a big insect sharing the spotlight, right! :-)

My parents like to tell the story that they used to take me to the Smithsonian Museum (in D.C.) and how fascinated I was by the Insect Zoo. They claim I used to really freak other people out because I was like 3 or 4 years old and I was totally unphased by holding the gigantic hissing cockroaches and millipedes. I wish I had pictures of that to submit!

I LOVE that insect zoo!
The Smithsonian Natural History Museum is my favorite place in D.C. - where else can you go from the Burgess Shale to the Hope Diamond to the hissing cockroaches in a five-minute stroll? (Not that it ever takes just five minutes...)

I've found large insects like mantids and this katydid to be the best self-portrait co-posers, they move relatively slowly and don't panic easily. Moths in daylight are very docile and unwilling to fly away once they've found a surface to perch on. (If it's dark, they're gone in a flash, though.)

Clever caption, Abigail! And the gender symbol applies to both of you:-)

Thanks! :-D
I thought it was probably female, without a brown stridulatory area, but didn't want to make any assumptions. I've submitted a better photo of the insect, too, without my face in the way :-)

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