Orchelimum pulchellum, the Handsome meadow katydid;
Volusia county, Florida (29 June 2014).
Ranging throughout the American southeast, the Handsome meadow katydid is one of our more-colorful Orthopteran species. Riddled with bright greens and brilliant splashes of blood-like reddish tones, I come across this species from time to time in central Florida. It’s an easy species to spot; most katydids and grasshoppers are a little less dramatic when it comes to those red splashes!