A Locust on a Fence

Tomorrow night Dallas should have its first freeze of the season. That means I’ve had a lot of work to do, including spraying and bringing in tender potted plants and digging up plants I planted in the spring and stuffing them in pots to be brought inside.

I did go out briefly to the lake today. Before I left, I noticed this female locust in my backyard.

Brown katydid resting on a chain-link fence in Dallas, TX


She had been hanging out near a Brazilian rock rose but leaped onto the fence when I came too near. At first I thought she was a grasshopper. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a brown katydid before, although they are probably common. I’d like to see a red katydid, but without the devastation they can cause to oaks!