Subject: Attack on the Father-In-Law
Location: Adel, Iowa
October 7, 2012 10:01 pm
Jeanie Cunningham has sent me your way after she saw a picture I took of an unidentified critter that landed on my father-in-law’s face. It was July in the middle of Iowa, and the man-eater was really more interested in other non-carnivorous meals. Any ideas? Many thanks for trying!!
Signature: David the Ukester
Dear David the Ukester,
We really miss Jeanie since she move away from our Mount Washington neighborhood to Palm Springs. Your insect is an immature Katydid, most likely a Greater Angle-Wing Katydid, Microcentrum rhombifolium. You may compare your individual to this photograph from Bugguide. Katydids are among the music makers of the insect class.
By jove, I think you’ve got it!! Thank you so much! I have always heard of katydids, but never knew what one looked like. Now I do! Thanks again, and I’ll let Jeanie know that her suggestion worked.