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Subject: Bug in Somalia
Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland
January 29, 2015 11:13 am
Dear sir , do you have any idea what this one might be? I photographed it in Hargeisa (Somaliland, East AFRICA) on 29 January 2015. Eric
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Armored Ground Cricket

Armored Ground Cricket

Hi Eric,
This is a Katydid, and it looks very much like the Armored Ground Cricket from Namibia we posted last year that Piotr Naskrecki identified as
Acanthoproctus cervinus.  We will contact Piotr to confirm the species.

Wow that was quick!!!! Thank you so much!

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Subject: Coolest Bug we’ve Ever Seen! (Belize)
Location: Belize
January 26, 2015 8:35 pm
We found this beauty on a leaf in the subtropical forest in late March in Belize in 2014. Forest was about a half hour drive SE of Belmopan.
We’d love to know what this insect (assuming it’s an insect) is and learn more about it!
Signature: Julia, Emily and Kai

Unknown Dried Leaf Mimic Bug

Unknown Dried Leaf Mimic Bug

Dear Julia, Emily and Kai,
Have you any additional images of this amazing dried leaf mimic bug?  They might help in identification, and higher resolution images are fine to submit.  It is very difficult to make out the morphology of this individual from this camera angle.  It appears that legs are held together and antennae are held together.  We cannot even decide how to classify it, but we suspect it is either a Free Living Hemipteran or a species of Katydid.  We are posting it as unidentified and as we are rushed this morning and haven’t the time to research it right now, perhaps one of our readers will have some clue.  We are also going to try to contact Piotr Naskrecki to get some assistance.

Piotr Naskrecki identifies Katydid Nymph
Hi Daniel,
This is a young nymph of Mimetica sp. (Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae) in the characteristic position they assume during the day.

Thanks so much Piotr.  A nymph.  So what looks like wings is some other feature?

Nymphs of Mimetica and several related genera have large, leaf-like lobes on the 1-3 dorsal terga (see attached photo). These disappear in adult insects.

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Subject: Giant lovely emerald katydid?
Location: Noumea, New Caledonia
December 23, 2014 6:50 am
Hi guys! I found this katydid(?) in a parking lot in New Caledonia in ~February 2013. It had been flattened by cars but was still impressively large and green. Friends there called it a coconut cricket. Any idea what it is?
Signature: Lela

Roadkill:  Katydid found in street

Roadkill: Katydid found in street

Dear Lela,
In 2010, we posted what appears to be the same species of Katydid from New Caledonia, and that individual was also dead, killed by a Gecko.  At that time, Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki identified it as a large endemic species,
Pseudophyllanax imperialis, commonly called a Coconut Grasshopper.  You may read more (in French) about Pseudophyllanax imperialis on the Endemia.NC website.

Hi Daniel, thank you so very much for the response. I had seen that individual on your site but didn’t think it was the same thing – clearly my bug ID skills need work ;) Thanks again and have a lovely holiday!

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: Western Cape, South Africa
December 15, 2014 8:18 am
Dear Bugman,
We saw this crazy bug while hiking in the dunes of the Western Cape National Park in South Africa in December. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good photo indicating scale, however, in it’s entirety, it was approximately the size of an average man’s palm (about 3 inches across.) It also had “wings”, black in color and round in shape, positioned under it’s legs which seems to vibrate when we got near, making a loud “buzzing” sound which was what caught my attention. The colors were vibrant and it was a little intimidating! Our friends that lived in the area said they had never seen such a thing! Any ideas? Curious minds want to know! Thank you!
Signature: Jenny

Ed. Note:  The identical image was sent with this request
Subject: Funky critter in South Africa
Location: the Dunes in West Coast National Park Langebaan-Western-Cape-South-Africa
December 15, 2014 2:00 pm
This is an unusual spider located on the Dunes in West Coast National Park Langebaan-Western-Cape-South-Africa
Trying to determine what the species actually is? hopefully you can answer our query.
Signature: Mrs. Lauri Brownson

Orthopteran (ventral view)

Shortwinged Predatory Katydid (ventral view)

Hi Jenny,
Because this Orthopteran is on its back with its belly in the air, we are going to have a very difficult time identifying it.  We can tell you it is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, and that it is most likely a King Cricket in the subfamily Hetrodinae.  We are leaning toward the genus
Acanthoplus, and you can see a brightly colored individual here on iSpot as well as here on iSpot.  King Crickets are also known as Corn Crickets.

Dear Mrs. Lauri Brownson,
We received the identical image from Jenny.  We are enclosing the reply we sent her.

Interesting creature to say the least! thank you for your time!  and speed!
Lauri Brownson

Location: West Coast, South Africa
December 17, 2014 3:05 am
Dear Bugman~
Thank you for taking the time to look at the photo I submitted yesterday for identification. I was having trouble finding a confirmation on it;s i.d., so I contacted the University of Cape Town, South Africa, as this is the region in which we sighted the gorgeous insect. Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and co-author of the “Field Guide to Insects of South Africa”, Mike Picker offered this info regarding the photo:
“This was an unusual sighting, in that these carnivorous grasshoppers are rarely seen, except at night when they emerge from the dense bushes in which they hide during the day. They are fairly common along the west coast all the way to Namibia, with adults maturing in summer. They are katydids (Tettigoniidae), Hemiclonia melanoptera (Short-winged predatory katydid). The wings seem to be used as a warning signal (the buzzing that you describe) although I have not seen this. There are four related species in the genus, and other winged species in the summer rainfall part of the region. All can deliver a severe bite (have massive black toothed mandibles) – so you did the right thing by not picking it up!”
With his permission, I thought I’d share this with you and your staff to help with future identifications!
Thanks again for your time!
Signature: Kind Regards, Jenny Haldiman

Thanks for that update Jenny.  We searched that name and we found this posting listed under the genus Clonia on iSpot.  There is also an image on Zandvlei Turst Insects and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility indicates that Clonia and Hemiclonia are synonyms.  ISpot also has this fine image.

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Subject: Orthoptera
Location: South Namibia
November 30, 2014 10:34 am
This big insect (about 6 cm) was dead and injured (in october).
Signature: visitor

Armored Ground Cricket

Armored Ground Cricket

Dear visitor,
This is an Armored Ground Cricket or Armored Bush Cricket, a type of flightless Katydid, most likely in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  Some South African species are known as Koringkriek.
  We have not been able to locate any images online that look like your individual.  The Little Kulala Lodge website has some individuals pictured.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can give us a more specific identification.

Piotr Naskrecki provides species identification:  Acanthoproctus cervinus
Hi Daniel,
This is Acanthoproctus cervinus (Tettigoniidae: Hetrodinae), a species common in Namibia and the Western part of South Africa.  It is one of the species that defend themselves by squirting blood from their spiracles at the attacker (but are of course harmless).

Ed. NOte:  We found a matching image on FlickR that indicates the common name is Koringkriek.

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Subject: Insect eggs on citrus leaf
Location: Houston TX
November 20, 2014 8:14 pm
This was on the top leaf of a 2 year old grafted citrus. I haven’t seen it before and was interested to know what it is.
Signature: Mickey

Katydid Eggs

Katydid Eggs

Hi Mickey,
These are Katydid EggsKatydids are relatives of Grasshoppers and most North American Katydids are green.  They are solitary feeders, and though they eat leaves (and rose blossoms in our garden) they do not do significant damage.  We allow Katydids to feed off the plants in our garden because they in turn provide food for other predators, including insect eating birds.

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