Atlanticus gibbosus, 11 May 2020

Atlanticus gibbosus, the Robust shieldback;
Volusia county, Florida (11 May 2020).

I come across the Robust shieldback, a squat species of katydid, every now and then in Volusia county. I suppose I’ve walked past many more I never even noticed. They’re moderately small (at least compared to other katydids) and not brightly colored. They seem to content to scratch out a more discrete living. In a sense, they’re sort of the crickets of the katydids.

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