From the archives

15th February 2011

I suspect the image below was made during the golden hour as both the insect (mantis? No, Gary has identified it as a katydid in the comments section. Just checked with Mr Google and apparently there are over 2000 in this insect species in Australia), the plant it’s on, and the background, are way too bright for a normal photo in the Royal Botanic Gardens perennial border (which is where this photo was made).

…….and here’s the Perennial Border where the plant was (below).  It’s located on the far left outside the frame of this part of the border, but I just happen to like this image out of the 7-8 I’ve made over the years.

The Blood Grass, highlighted in a previous post, is located in the bottom right-hand corner of the frame.   The Perennial Border is planted to be at its peak flower-wise around mid-January (Summer).

Here’s the flower from a previous post on Day 3 that shows the colour and light difference.

6 thoughts on “# A PHOTO A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Day 19

  1. Hi Vicki, that’s a katydid in your first photo, also commonly called a bush cricket. There are (only) two species here in NZ, and both are closely related to your Australian ones, of which there are a thousand or so species! They are also related to grasshoppers, and some of your katydids are actually predatory. There’s a wealth of info about them if you Google “katydid australia,” and maybe you can find the one you saw in Melbourne.

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