One of the things I have been looking forward to this year is the possibility of finding some large Texan insects down here. Yesterday, I came across a Red Bordered Plant Bug (in the true bug family) and a mottled brown jewel beetle perched on a flowering bull thistle.
I also spied a massive Tarantula Hawk wasp roaring around through the bushes, looking as ferocious as ever. I didn't have my net with, so I couldn't catch him this time, but I'll be on the look out for him again, as I need one for the collection, and I don't like what they do to tarantulas, even if it is all part of nature.
This morning, Ems and Ibs came running in with the news that there was a female katydid laying eggs on a nearby fence. I grabbed a handy cell phone (the big camera was in use), and we dashed back. Sure enough, there was a True Katydid (also called a bush cricket) clinging to the fence and using her ovipositor to inject eggs into a small crack.
True Katydid (Pterophylla camellifolia), laying eggs
I already have one of these in my collection, and since I didn't want to disturb this one, and since I try to collect no more than one or two of each species, we left her in peace after snapping a few pictures.
Hopefully I will have more pictures of the insects I find soon. I'm still learning photography, so it's a work in progress!
"For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...all things were created by him and for him." - Colossians 1:16