Sedagive? and I do a kettlebell routine three nights a week here at the house. We clear the furniture out of the living room, including two upholstered chairs. I went to replace them when we were done, and I noticed a very bright green leaf on top of one of them. I reached out to bat the leaf off.
And then it moved.
Not like, “strong air pressure generated by Dr Faulken’s manly hand” move, but “omg please don’t smash me” move.
Turn out it was a katydid. He probably flew in while we were letting the dogs in and out of the house.
He was about a two inches long — well beyond my typical tolerances for hand-to-bug contact. I retrieved a drinking glass and a post card. I scooted the fella up into the glass, covered the mouth of the glass with the post card, and let him go outside.
I didn’t think to take any good pictures of him in the house. I was afraid it was going to jump into the air and start to fly (again). I spooked it accidentally and it almost flew into Sedagive?’s helmet.
Here he is outside:
I used to see these all the time in Utah. I also saw a lot of praying mantises there, and in Oregon as well. I saw them every once in awhile here in Virginia, but nothing like this year. So far I’ve seen a two praying mantises, including the biggest one I’ve ever seen at about three and a half inches. I’ve also spied at least a half dozen of katydids.
So, why so many this year? We had a pretty intense snowfall (for Virginia), and the winter was a little colder than usual. On the other hand, the summer has been hotter than usual, breaking several records. I wonder if the environment has been just right to allow the proliferation of big, green bugs.