Plant-Insect Interaction: Katydid nymph on a sulphur cinquefoil

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Katydid nymph (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) feeding on the pollen of a sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta, Rosaceae). Photographed 06/27/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

Katydids (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) are members of the grasshopper order, and like most of their relatives they feed on plants. They eat not only leaves and stems but flower petals and pollen as well. Today I came across a young nymph that was eating the petals and pollen of a sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta, Rosaceae).

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Katydid nymph (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) feeding on the pollen of a sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta, Rosaceae). Photographed 06/27/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

Although native to Eurasia, sulphur cinquefoil was introduced to North America long ago and has since spread to most of the continent. It’s particularly common in disturbed areas along roads, fields, and weedy spots. These sunny locations filled with herbaceous plants are also ideal habitats for katydids, making sulphur cinquefoil a common and readily available food plant.

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Katydid nymph (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae) feeding on the pollen of a sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta, Rosaceae). Photographed 06/27/2014 near Clayton, Michigan.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to Plant-Insect Interaction: Katydid nymph on a sulphur cinquefoil

  1. lauramacky says:

    What a shot! Wonderful.

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  2. It is amazing that something as small as a Katydid can have an impact so large.

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