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Subject: what is this bug
Location: Little Naches [Washington]
May 13, 2015 6:37 pm
It chirps and when frightened it flips on his back to look like a spider
Signature: Tara Riddell

Shieldbacked Katydid

Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Tara,
This appears to be some species of Shieldbacked Katydid.  We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki to see if he is able to identify the genus or species.

Shieldbacked_katydid_poster

Shieldbacked Katydid

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Subject: Is this a grasshopper?
Location: Lake Havasu, AZ
April 20, 2015 7:23 pm
This looks like a grasshopper but I can’t find anything green with the white stripes.
Signature: Sharon Thompson

Creosote Bush Katydid

Creosote Bush Katydid

Dear Sharon,
Though it is in the same insect order as a Grasshopper, this female Creosote Bush Katydid,
Insara covilleae, like other members of its suborder, has much longer antennae than a Grasshopper.  The Sonoran Desert Naturalist has this to say about the Creosote Bush Katydid and its host plant:  “Creosote Bush, however, offers unique challenges to herbivores, for example the high content of coating resin and other antifeeding phytochemicals. The leaves are tough and leathery while often having a very low moisture content. Also it presents a unique pattern of colors and textures. Many insects that have become adapted to feed on creosote bush have evolved color patterns to match. Even naturalists may give up searching bushes for this common insect before finding it. Like many katydids, this one often comes to lights where they are easily seen.”

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Subject: Yellow Grasshopper
Location: Altamonte Springs, FL
April 19, 2015 11:12 am
Hello,
I just started photography and was at Lake Lotus Park when I stumbled upon this odd grasshopper perched on a blade of guinea grass. It was yellow and had an odd pattern on its body. It also had very long legs and even longer antennae. I would like to know what it is please. I have attached my best photo although its still not the best.
Signature: Avery

Scudder's Bush Katydid Nymph

Scudder’s Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Avery,
This is a hatchling Katydid, not a Grasshopper.  Katydids, which are considered Longhorned Orthopterans, have much longer antennae than do Grasshoppers.  We believe your Katydid is a hatchling Scudder’s Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia, and you can see the similarity with the individual in this image on Project Noah.  In our opinion, your image is overexposed, and when we corrected the density, this nymph looks more orange than yellow.

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Subject: Eggy Weggs
Location: Los Ranchos De Albuquerque, NM
April 12, 2015 6:06 pm
I recently planted a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick in my back yard. While watering it this evening my wife pointed out these seven white eggs and I was wondering if they will hatch into something that wants to eat my little tree. I am hoping it will turn out to be something carnivorous that would help eat all of the aphids in our yard instead. Please advise, Bugman.
Signature: Ethan Firestone

Katydid Eggs

Katydid Eggs

Dear Ethan,
It sounds like you love your garden very much, and any gardener knows that a lush garden provides habitat for many native species, including butterflies, birds and many other creatures.  A pesticide free garden provides much more diversity than one in which the caretaker uses chemicals to help control insect populations.  These are the eggs of a Katydid, and though Katydids will eat the leaves of plants, they are actually quite welcome in our own garden.  Katydids are sound producing insects that help contribute to the orchestra of night noises, and though they eat leaves, no permanent damage is done to the plants as they are solitary feeders that you are more likely to hear than to see as they are so well camouflaged.

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Subject: identify insect
Location: New Orleans
March 17, 2015 8:31 pm
Hey, I found this grasshopper like bug in my house tonight. I find it very beautiful, but I have no idea what it is and can’t seem to find anything that identifies it.
Signature: lukas

Common Conehead

Common Conehead

Dear Lukas,
What a nice green find on St. Patrick’s Day.  This looks like a Common Conehead Katydid in the genus
Neoconocephalus to us, though we cannot say for certain which species, and you can compare your image to those on BugGuide.

Hey! Thats it! Thanks! Yes a great find on st. patricks day, felt honored to have it in my home. I looked up other pictures of katydids, but all the images that came up didn’t match.

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Subject: Grasshopper
Location: Malaysia
March 4, 2015 10:37 am
hello :) im doing my insect collection project for my entomology class. however, i have difficulty in identifying the bugs that i have collected. whatsthatbug.com is the only hope i have now as i have searched google for this creature but failed to find it. i found this friend in my bedroom. hope anyone can help me identify this species.
Signature: anyhow

Katydid

Katydid

Dear anyhow,
This is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, most likely some species of Katydid.

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