Spotted in Prairie Village: A leaf…No! A grasshopper (Actually…a katydid)

If I recall my sixth grade science correctly, one of Mother Nature’s best defenses is mimicry, the act of evolving to look like something else so as to inspire fear or detract attention from oneself amongst potential predators.

So when I first saw the fella’ below sitting on the roof of our car, I was all like, “Hey! There’s a leaf!” But upon closer inspection, I was all like, “Hey! That’s actually a grasshopper.”

Luckily, our car is painted in Honda’s Royal Blue Pearl, and not Amazon Green Metallic, or I might never have seen the thing:


I haven’t figured out what species it is precisely, but it was about three inches long, if any entomologists out there want to render an opinion.