|An aptly named male Handsome Meadow Katydid calls from the low vegetation by a wetland.|
|A female Handsome Meadow Katydid shows the large ovipositor used for egg laying.|
Despite the colorful nature of Handsome Meadow Katydids, they are extremely difficult to see. They can be singing inches from you and still be well concealed. Several times I've been listening to one which had to be right in front of me, only to fail in finding him. When disturbed they will quickly go silent (and those nearby will take the cue and do the same). They have an interesting habit, like many other katydids and grasshoppers, of using the stalk they're sitting on for cover. They will flip to the back side of the stem or stalk and use it for both a physical and visual shield. They can play this game of flipping to the opposite side for quite a while until finally jumping away.
To hear one calling and learn a bit more about them, check out this short video from the Capital Naturalist YouTube Channel:
|A female Handsome Meadow Katydid ovipositing eggs into a stem.|