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Mar 23, 2021 6:01 PM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Michigan Foliage Fan Dragonflies
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A Mouthful of Sunshine

An insect, presumably one of the more than 6400 species of katydid, munching on the pollen of a daylily. I could see pollen grains all around its mouth.

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Mar 23, 2021 6:33 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Such a good banner to show balance in the garden.
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Mar 23, 2021 6:36 PM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
Lazy Gardener or Melonator
Very nice banner.
Laziness is a virtue. If I never ask for your help, don’t be offended when I don’t take your advice either.
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Mar 23, 2021 7:16 PM CST
Zone 5
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
The katydid got a mouthful, and we got an eyeful! What great detail in the life of the daylily and her nemesis. Beautifully cropped. Love it! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
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Mar 23, 2021 7:18 PM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
Forum moderator Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Plant Identifier Garden Ideas: Level 1
Great banner Elizabeth!
As Yogi Berra said, “It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
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Mar 24, 2021 12:28 AM CST
Name: Virginia
Charleston, SC (Zone 8b)
Köppen climate classification Cfa
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: South Carolina
Oh, no, katy didn't! Whistling

Nice shot!
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Mar 24, 2021 5:16 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Michigan Foliage Fan Dragonflies
Dahlias Garden Photography Cactus and Succulents Butterflies Bromeliad Bookworm
I made an alternate banner of the same subject, and it was a toss up which of the banners to submit. You can judge for yourself. I've included the source images below, too.

This little eye catcher was probably too small to do much damage on its own, and I didn't see any others of its kind, so I just smiled at it.

Here are the alternate banner, and two crops of the source images, which show the insect in better detail


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Mar 24, 2021 7:37 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Terrific photos!
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Mar 24, 2021 12:55 PM CST
Name: Nora
Castlegar, B. C. Canada (Zone 5b)
Birds Region: United Kingdom Salvias Roses Organic Gardener Irises
Echinacea Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Canadian Garden Photography Butterflies
WOW - and double WOW!!! I love this second version in the expanded edition. What an incredible close up of the pollen on the mouth - and feet. What amazing closeups. Hurray!

Thank you for this insight into Katydids. And how clear your photos are! I had taken this photo and wasn't sure who it was - and now I know - - - one of the 6,400 species of Katydids!

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Mar 24, 2021 10:32 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
Ha, ha! The katydid in the 2nd banner looks like he's been caught red-handed stuffing his face! Both are great pictures!
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Mar 25, 2021 5:17 AM CST
Name: Elizabeth
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Zone 6a)
Bee Lover Peonies Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Michigan Foliage Fan Dragonflies
Dahlias Garden Photography Cactus and Succulents Butterflies Bromeliad Bookworm
Many thanks for the warm response to this banner. Whenever I photograph flowers, I hope I'll see some interesting arthropod life (insects, spiders, etc.), and seeing colorful critters doing interesting things is a big plus in my book, so I was happy to be able to share this one.
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!
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