A few of us had a fantastic field excursion yesterday, which included observation of one of our rarest orchids, an incredible caterpillar, and other noteworthy finds. I've got some nice photos of all of that, but first, and hot off the presses, is something that you've likely got in your own backyard.
The photo above offers a size scale. Those are the leaflets of a white ash, Fraxinus americana, and our little trig can be seen at the base of the center right leaflet. Not much to it.
The two paddle-tipped appendages affixed to her snout are called palps, and handsome trigs are constantly checking the substrate with them. In fact, the scientific name translated means beautiful leaf feeler in reference to its habit of patting the leaves with those curious appendages.
CLICK HERE to hear the handsome trig, courtesy of the wonderful Songs of Insects website. Then venture into your local patch and see if you can find some of these gorgeous crickets.