Gentle Herbivores…Not!

by Carl Strang

Crickets and katydids are largely vegetarians, but they are not above adding some meat to the diet. I saw an example of this while sweeping for meadow katydid nymphs at Mayslake Forest Preserve early last week.

This female nymph caught a small beetle that the net also had picked up, and systematically munched it down.

Protein, good for a growing katydid. Incidentally, I have learned from bird banders that they dare not leave birds in a mist net for long or the deer will eat them. So much for the Bambi image!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: