Friday, October 07, 2005

ENV: Not-Really-a-Cat-Friday

I've been working at posting the west Texas pictures for the last couple of days when i've had the chance. In that spirit, and because it's a special critter, i thought i'd feature a Chisos Mountains endemic this week. It's a katydid related to the central Texas endemic Truncated True Katydid, Paracyrtophyllus robustus. This one is Paracyrtophyllus excelsus and is known as the Chisos Mountains Quonker. It's a stonking quonker too. A big fat, hogly sounding katydid, i found this one poised inside an agave, and it quonked when i made it move for a better picture.

Be sure to visit our friends at The Modulator to check out the menagerie in The Friday Ark.

Chisos Mountains Quonker, Paracyrtophyllus excelsus
TX: Brewster Co., Chisos Mountains, Laguna Meadow Trail
the pastel tourquoise color in the background is the Agave leaf where it was perched
12 September 2005


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