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!

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