Handsome  Meadow Katydid Nymph by May Lattanzio

Handsome Meadow Katydid Nymph by 

Late summer, northwest Florida (Bayou George). This species has extraordinary long antennae when they reach adulthood and lovely lavender eyes.

Pictured here on pickerel weed. Pickerel weed, an aquatic plant, grows at the fringes of slow moving creeks and ponds here in the Florida panhandle and can easily adapt to home water or bog gardening.

Family: Pontederiaceae
Genus: Pontederia
Species: cordata

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardy from zones 3a to 9b in full sun (though this is partially shaded).

Seeds are poisonous if eaten. Pollen may cause allergic reaction. Blooms from late spring almost until frost in my area of northern Florida. Dies back in winter.

Propagate by dividing rootballs, and collecting and drying seeds and sowing as soon as possible. Seeds have fleshy coating which must be removed before storing, and must be fermented before sowing. Protect hands when handling seeds.

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 6 years ago

    beautiful work May

  • Hannah Fenton-Williams
    Hannah Fenton-...about 6 years ago

    Awesome shot!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconabout 6 years ago

    Great capture May…and a fantastic entry!!

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations May!!

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtalmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful colours and details! This is a great image May! Congrats on your feature! :]

  • May Lattanzio
    May Lattanzioalmost 6 years ago

    Thank you all so much! I really love this image – these little guys are so colorful. That he was on one of my favorite wildflowers was just gravy. Thank you again.

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