Pied Beauty

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Glory be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:

Praise him.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grasshopper Nymphs?

Maybe that's what these are.  I'm not exactly sure.  There are a few on each of my three citrus plants.  If they are young grasshoppers, I should really pick them off.  Technically, they're a pest.  They do eat foliage.  I see some foliage damage.  But...

They're so interesting, so outlandish when viewed from close up, that I think I'll just watch them for awhile.

Today and tomorrow, I'm at an AgriLife Extension Citrus Specialist training.  If they're not grasshopper nymphs, I should be able to find out what they are.  I'm also hoping to get some good pictures!

Note:  My friend Victor advises me that these are juvenile katydids, members of the longhorned grasshopper family.  Their bodies widen considerably as they grow older.  Does that sound familiar?


  1. I caught one the other day munching on my salvia. But then i took a moment to look at it and it was actually so cute I called my son down to look at him under the clear plastic cup in the kitchen. Well once we looked at his face I could not bring myself to "dispose" of him so he was walked to the bayou and released away from my garden.


  2. Update -- they're still there! Eating, but not too much. To tell you the truth, there are so many Cottony Cushion Scale on that citrus that the katydids can't possibly harm it!