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Subject: Looks like the creature from “Alien”
Location: Franklin MA
July 27, 2015 3:27 pm
Hi
This amazing bug showed up on our screen house this week. Never seen anything like it. It was about 2″ long. I hope I see it again, but would love to know what it is.
Thanks!
Signature: Chris

Immature female Rattle Round Winged Katydid

Immature female Rattle Round Winged Katydid

Dear Chris,
This is an immature Katydid, and you can tell she is a female by the sickle shaped ovipositor on the tip of her abdomen.  We quickly found a matching image on BugGuide, and we believe your individual is a Rattler Round Winged Katydid,
Amblycorypha rotundifolia.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you so much for your quick response. I tried looking myself, but could not find anything. I’m glad the little mystery was solved. I love bugs. I think they’re fascinating (my husband, not so much ha ha).
Chris

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Subject: No idea what it is.
Location: Central, New Jersey
July 26, 2015 11:38 am
My son and I like to look for bugs and we came across this big old thing. He was missing a leg but was wingless and just sitting on a leaf.
Signature: Mike g

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Dear Mike,
We believe we have correctly identified your Katydid as a Greater Angle Winged Katydid nymph,
Microcentrum rhombifolium, based on this image posted to BugGuide.

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

Greater Angle Winged Katydid Nymph

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Subject: Need Identification
Location: North Central Texas
June 27, 2015 8:46 pm
Could you please help ID this bug for my ever-curious grandson? It’s about 1.5 to 2 inches long. Photo taken today June 27 after dark.
It may be some kind of katydid.
Signature: G. Keilstrup

True Katydid

True Katydid

Dear G.,
You are absolutely correct.  This is a True Katydid.

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Subject: Bug ID
Location: South Africa
July 4, 2015 1:07 pm
Hi there are you able to identify this bug?
Signature: Lincoln

Sylvan Katydid

Blue Legged Sylvan Katydid

Dear Lincoln,
Within moments of attempting your identification, we found an image on Piotr Naskrecki’s blog The Smaller Majority that was identified as a Blue Legged Sylvan Katydid,
Zabalius ophthalmicus.  An image on the IUCN Red List site shows the blue hind legs.  An image on the Orthoptera Species File site is a duplication of the pose in your image.

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Subject: Creaks like a cicada – but what is it?
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
June 26, 2015 11:08 am
I hear thousands of these at night and have finally seen one in the day. The wings have amazing leaf-like camouflage. It’s head seems smaller than most pictures I’ve found of cicadas.
Signature: Geoffrey Edge

True Katydid

True Katydid

Dear Geoffrey,
Though it is not related to the Cicadas, this Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia, belongs to another insect order, Orthoptera, that includes many vocal members, like Crickets as well as a myriad of Katydids.  The camouflage is very effective.  According to BugGuide:  “Forewings form cup over abdomen, many conspicuous veins. Pronotum has two shallow grooves. Both sexes stridulate “katy-did, katy-didn’t” at dusk into night. Song varies geographically.”

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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.

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Shieldbacked Katydid

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