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Curiously of a sudden

a fork-tailed bush katydid (scudderia furcata)*

appears, out of somewhere, to greet

the latest monarch release.

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*Best guess. Out of the eight species of bush katydid (scudderia), the fork-tailed (s. furcata) is said to be most common. Compare scudderia at Katydids North of Mexico.

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A katydid clicks a tune by scraping the grooves of draping wings.
Shaped, colored, and veined as the summer leaves, 
its cover is its song. 

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But come golden fall, the still green katydid,
once a rhythmic guiro of summer’s evening serenade,
must face the quickly diminishing curtain of its call.