Saturday, March 24, 2018

Katydid eggs found during winter pruning

Hello, everyone,

Over the last few weeks, I have received images of eggs laid on grapevines, in an overlapping scale-like fashion (usually in two rows).  These are likely seen as pruning progresses.  These are katydid eggs (photo attached).  Many katydids feed on plant tissue, while some are predatory.  Even for phytophagous species, numbers are rarely high enough to cause an economic concern.  Katydids are leaf mimics and less often seen than heard.  Their chorusing is a pleasant addition to a summer night! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjM9tZE_bDg

More later!
Doug

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