Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Insectology

So, I have to admit to being wrrrr.. eh..wrrrroo....uhm...wrong. Ok, I said it. I told Kavan yesterday the bug he was chasing was a katydid. Here is a blowup of what was outside the window in case you couldn't see it yesterday.

Mom told me this is actually a praying mantid. A very cool insect. It is a predator, and eats all sorts of bugs you don't want in your garden (although it will eat good bugs too). You can actually buy them commercially to put in your yard.

Now, this is a katydid. It really does look like a leaf, and is related to grasshoppers and crickets.
Photographed by Lisa Moreno

Well, I am still working on my doctorate in meezology, so I guess I better go back and review insectology! I guess I'll go hide in a box, I'm so embarrassed...

18 comments:

ML (Mary Lynn) said...

O, those are both enticing looking bugs, dont u's fink? I would loves to chase them both. yum.
Purrs,
KC

michico*Adan said...

I have never seem it before, my house is far away from natural....
Maybe I will catch them if I saw them.

Dragonheart said...

Those are very cool bugs, Tara. Thanks for the lesson! You look very cute in the box. :)

Parker said...

I think they both look like great toys!

Daisy said...

They both look kind of like aliens!

Zippy, Sadie and Speedy said...

Yeah, we'z wif Daisy, dey both look like aliens! Don't be embarrassed, yoo were farther away and couldn't see it good.

DEBRA said...

Tara

IT wuz furry interestin to learn about both buggies. Fank yu. No needs furr embarrassment...

Purrs
Abby

The Meezers said...

Don't be embarassed Tara. Mommy doesn't know one bug from another because she runs from them.

Kaze, Latte, & Chase said...

I thought it looked like a Praying Mantis but I'm not an expert. We have tons of them where Snap lives. They are very nice bugs...well, except to each other.

Latte

Tybalt said...

Awww, it's ok Tara! Everyone makes mistakes . . . even meezers!

Scout said...

Don’t gets in the box cuz you are embarrassed…. Get in the box because it is fun! You are doing excellent I am sure your studies will take you far.

Purrs,
Scout

HRH Yao-Lin said...

don't be ambarrassed tara, you were obviously just testing your human! And also everyone else who visits your blog. Like me for example! And I got the answer right! (really!) hahahaha xx

Artsy Catsy said...

Bugs are VERY enticing. But we prefer the smaller ones that fly around fast, like ladybugs and flies ... so we can chase them and rearrange furniture, knock over lamps etc.!

Tara, you don't have to stay in the box; remember, "to err is only feline."!

Rocky
& the Artsy Catsy bug chasers

The Crew said...

Tara dear, there's nothing to be embarrassed about. Those bugs look very much alike and anyone could have mistaken one for another.

Sultanfus and Guy said...

Honbest mistake. We wouldn't mind chasing after either of those bugs!

Phoebe said...

Tara, don't be so embarrassed. You did know that it was a bug and not a leaf or an alien. You were very close...

MoMo said...

They both look inviting. I think I have some of their relatives in my garden and I hunt them anyway!

Forty Paws said...

Since Maw redid the flower beds out front, and the leaves have fallen, there are like a squillion katydids hiding in them. She freaks when she is picking the leaves out of the flowers and a katydid jumps out!!! She usually squeaks really loud too.

Luf, Us