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Subject: Strange Bug
Location: East Windsor, NJ
July 15, 2016 12:28 pm
My daughter and I were looking around the garden and we found this strange bug. I was thinking it was a type of grasshopper, but I’m not sure.
Signature: Thanks, Robb & Paige

Immature Male Katydid

Immature Male Katydid

Dear Robb & Paige,
This is an immature male Katydid, and the best way to distinguish Katydids from Grasshoppers is that Katydids have much longer antennae.  Your nymph looks exactly like this image from our archives that we tentatively identified as a Round Headed Katydid in the genus
Amblycorypha.

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Subject: Id bug- Croatia
Location: Croatia
July 16, 2016 1:17 am
And can you tell us what this is and any information about it?
Signature: Don

Common Long Legged Bush Cricket

Common Long Legged Bush Cricket

Dear Don,
We are confident that we have correctly identified your Katydid as a Common Long Legged Bush Cricket,
Acrometopa servillea macropoda, thanks to excellent images by Roy Kleukers on Grasshoppers of Europe.

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Subject: Green Cricket
Location: San Marcos, CA
July 7, 2016 11:00 am
Hi Bugman! This is the second time I’ve seen one of these green cricket-looking bugs with the leaf-like “tail” in my garden and I was wondering what it was. I found this guy hanging out on my fennel flowers last night (7/6/16) and he was still there this morning just…blending in. What’s that bug?
Signature: Megan

Female Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid Nymph

Female Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Megan,
This is a female (as evidenced by her ovipositor), immature (as evidenced by the partially developed wings) Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid.  We believe she is a member of the species Scudderia mexicana based on this BugGuide image, though species can be difficult to distinguish from one another without carefully inspecting the genitalia.  According to BugGuide:  “To identify species within this genus, it is important to see the ‘terminalia’ (parts at the end of the abdomen). The shapes of the parts of both the males and females can be very useful for identification, and often are the only means to reliably tell species apart. In males it is useful (often necessary) to see these parts from both the side and from above, with the shapes of the supra-anal plate and the subgenital plate being important for diagnosis. The shape of the wings is also useful for some species. Also, the color pattern of living specimens can be of use, but is rarely diagnostic.”

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Subject: Dragon like bug
Location: Austria
July 6, 2016 10:46 am
Hi Bugman,
I found this beautiful wandering through my garden. Can you help me find out, what it is? (So I can give it an appropriate dragon like name).
Thanks a billion!
Signature: Berndman

Katydid

Katydid

Dear Berndman,
This is an immature male Katydid, but we are not certain of the species.

Katydid

Katydid

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Subject: Skinny lime green insect with long legs and black and white antennae
Location: America, Texas
July 4, 2016 12:55 pm
Heya, I’m Daniel I was doing some photography of a blueberry when i came across this bug in my photo, its quite strange and i couldn’t find any pictures or identification of it, so i checked out your website. if possible define the type if possible (it likes blueberries)
Signature: Daniel

Bush Katydid Nymph

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Daniel,
This is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia.  Though they eat leaves from shrubs and other plants, they do not do any lasting damage to the plant.

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Location: Otok Hvar
June 18, 2016 7:31 am
Hi,
I have got as far as identifying this bug as a Shieldback Katydid, probably a female, but I am unable to find any photo on line or in my books of anything which is remotely similar in colouring. I wonder if you have any ideas pleas?
Thank you
Signature: Norman Woollons

Shieldback Katydid:

Shield-Backed Katydid:  Eupholidoptera chabrieri schmidti

Subject: I’ve identified the Katydid Bug!
June 19, 2016 2:10 am
Hi,
I emailed you yesterday with a photo of a Shieldback Katydid that I found, with the vivid yellow head stripe.  I received your automated reply at 16:31.
After a lot more online research, I have now identified it so don’t worry about trying yourselves.  It is a Eupholidoptera chabrieri schmidti, and is native to the Adriatic coast.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eupholidoptera_chabrieri
Sincerely
Signature: Norman Woollons

Dear Norman,
We are very happy you were able to identify your Shield-backed Katydid, and we want to thank you for following up with us so that we can create a posting.  We were away from the office and we are trying to respond to over a week’s worth of identifications that arrived in our absence as well as requests that have come in since our return.  We had to  research your location and we learned that Otok Hvar is a Croatian island in the Adriatic Sea.  The Encyclopedia of Life also has an image of this subspecies and Patio Door has some wonderful images.

Hi Daniel
Thanks for the email and the two links.  I wasn’t aware of those websites.  Yes, my home is a beautiful island in the warm Adriatic where I have a small fruit farm which borders the Maquis, hence I get all sorts of interesting insects.
Know exactly what you mean about the inbox when you come back from holidays!
Kindest regards

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