178/365: American Bird Grasshopper
There are so many of these in my area recently! When I'm driving around work on the Gator or walking the trails, these massive hoppers pop up out of the grass all over the place and fly away. They look like small prairie birds when they fly, which I presume is why they're called bird grasshoppers. Apparently they're also known to fly into trees when startled, which is something few grasshoppers do. I really enjoy watching them!
177/365: Bluebird with Katydid
This bluebird is nesting in a box about 20 feet from this spot and stopped here to watch me for a bit before taking this juicy katydid back to the chicks. This is what I think happened to the katydid in my last post - but it was a lot luckier than this one!
Mike finally carried me over the threshold... into our new house. 😊👫🏠
This was one beaten up katydid! Quite a large one, but I suspect it had escaped from a bird. The left hind leg was all mangled and you can see some of its innards showing near the back end. Hope it recovered!
175/365: Blue Dasher
I got to talk about dragonflies on one of our local news stations earlier this week! The daytime weather reporter comes out to our field station every now and again to do a live weather report and interviews some museum staff when she does. I got to talk about a citizen science project I run that gets kids across NC outside to study dragonflies in their natural environment. We caught some dragonflies to show off on the report, and my coworker here is demonstrating a good way to hold a dragonfly so it doesn't injure itself. All four wings over the back, grab all four wings at once. This dragonfly flew away unharmed! Dragonflies have been my favorite insects for ages, so I can totally geek out about them and was thrilled to get to tell people about them on tv!