#Haikai Challenge #98 (8/4/19): katydid (kirigirisu) #haiku #senryu #haibun #tanka #haiga #renga

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Enjoyed the serenading of cicadas, haijin? Congratulations to last week’s contributors:

Haikai Challenge Participants
1. Dave Madden
2. Tessa
3. Dwight L. Roth
4. Jane Dougherty
5. Reena Saxena
6. Jules
7. Linda Lee Lyberg
8. Janice
9. Buddhad�sha
10. Revived Writer
11. Linda Lee Lyberg (2)

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August is among us! No sooner than it begins, and I hear the katydids come forth:

Katydids are a large group of insects in the order Orthoptera, related to the grasshoppers and crickets. Some katydids have been called long-horned grasshoppers because of their long and slender shape, but actually katydids are more closely related to crickets than to any type of grasshopper. There are about 6,400 species worldwide, with the greatest diversity in the tropics. Their classification is not well established, with taxonomists differing in their classification schemes. Most North American species are placed in the family Tettigoniidae and divided among seven to ten subfamilies. The main groups of commonly encountered katydids include the true katydids (Pseudophyllinae), false katydids (Phaneropterinae), shield-backed katydids (Tettigoniinae – but sometimes divided into three subfamilies), meadow katydids (Conocephalinae) and coneheaded katydids (Copiphorinae, but sometimes these are included with the meadow katydids). There are about 255 species in North American and 20 species in the Midwest.

Since Autumn begins in August according to the traditional calendar, what better kigo can we have than the katydid (kirigirisu)? Therefore, this week, write the haikai poem of your choice (haiku, senryu, haibun, tanka, haiga, renga, etc.) that alludes to the katydid (kirigirisu).

As always:

Here’s how the challenge works:

1. write the haikai poem of your choice.
2. post the link of your post to Mister Linky.
3. pingback by posting the link to the challenge on your site.
4. read and comment on other contributors’ posts.

Enjoy their nocturnal chorus, haijin! Happy Autumn!

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