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280 days of Urbpandemonium #110

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In a few weeks (if it doesn't end up in the burrow of a golden digger wasp) this little nymph of a common katydid Pterophylla camellifolia* will be a couple inches long. It will still have the shape and color that will allow it to vanish into the summer leaves. It will go through several molts and hopefully regrow that missing rear leg. If it is male it will sing the scratchy song that gives it its name.

* Leaf-wing, "Species name from Greek camelo camel, plus Latin folius (?) a leaf, referring to the shape of the wings, presumably--held over the back to form a camel-like hump(?)"

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