Monday, April 08, 2002

Wednesday, April 3, was a sad day. The last of the more than 65 orthopterans, that I had captive for work on a book, died. He was a short-winged meadow katydid, Conocephalus brevipennis, and had been singing in his cage since August. His longevity is remarkable. Most of the others lasted until January. One, a female round-tipped conehead katydid, Neoconocephalus retusis, lived until early March. I will miss the soft purring and ticking of this little brevipennis and I look forward to late summer when I will be able to hear the orthopteran chorus again.


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