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Subject: Cricket? Katydid? Stinger?!?
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
August 21, 2014 6:08 am
My girls found this and thought it to be a grasshopper but it has what appears to be a stinger.
Signature: Michelle

Lesser Pine Katydid

Greater Meadow Katydid

Hi Michelle,
This is a Meadow Katydid in the tribe Conocephalini, and it is in the Greater Meadow Katydid genus
Orchelium. The closest match we located on BugGuide is the Lesser Pine Katydid, Orchelimum minor, or possibly a Common Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum vulgare, also pictured on BugGuide.  What you have mistaken for a stinger is actually the ovipositor, an organ used to lay eggs, which makes this individual a female.

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Subject: Strange grasshopper?
Location: Greece
August 18, 2014 12:04 pm
I am on holydays in Greece and I found this large insect dead in my kitchen. Initially I thought it was a grasshopper but I noticed that several features do not much. Would you be so kind to tell me what is it?
Signature: Stell Hai

Predatory Katydid:  Saga hellenica

Predatory Katydid: Saga hellenica

Dear Stell,
This Katydid in the family Tettigonidae is in the same order Orthoptera as the Grasshoppers, but they are in different suborders, which explains their superficial resemblance to one another.  We quickly located a pictorial match on FlickR that is identified as
Saga hellenica, and the image was taken in Delphi, Greece in 1986.  We had hoped to find more than just a name, and that proved to be the case when we found the Orthoptera and their Ecology site where it states:  “The species leads a predatory life and eats mostly other insects.”  We also learned:  “Saga hellenica will be endangered in the long term due to the decline in habitats because of cultivation (afforestation, agricultural intensification, solar parks) and overbuilding (industry, tourism).”  The range is listed as:  “Southeastern Europe (Albania, Macedonia, Greece).”  The pointy ovipositor at the end of the abdomen indicates that this individual is a female.  

Predatory Katydid:  Saga hellenica

Predatory Katydid: Saga hellenica

Predatory Katydid:  Saga hellenica

Predatory Katydid: Saga hellenica

 

 

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Subject: Leaf-Like Grasshopper?
Location: Yucca Valley, CA 92284
August 18, 2014 11:06 am
Hi B-Man, I just moved to Southern California In April and am originally from Alaska. There are SO many Interesting, Neat-Looking, and just plain BIG Freaking Bugs down here, that I have NEVER seen let alone had the chance to experience living up North. I found this Bug on My Father-In-Law’s GMC Truck. I immidiatley was intrigued. He (or she) looks sort of like a Grasshopper, other than the fact it looks like a perfect leaf. He acts like a grasshopper cuz he hops…But he can fly too. What’s weird is that his head/face looks kind of like a Praying Mantis Head? I know he’s not a P.M. But, his head and eyes sort of remind me of one. Hope you know what this gorgeous guy is, so I can finally end the Questions regarding what it is with my Stubborn Fiance…LoL ;)
Please and Thank You in Advance!!!
Signature: Haley Nadine~

California Angle-Winged Katydid

California Angle-Winged Katydid

Hi Haley,
This Katydid is in the same insect order as a Grasshopper, Orthoptera, which explains its resemblance to a Grasshopper.  We believe this is a California Angle-Winged Katydid,
Microcentrum californicum, based on the similarities to this image from BugGuide.

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Subject: leaf looking bug
Location: Nashville, TN USA
August 10, 2014 7:27 am
Could you tell me what this is?
Signature: timmyd

Common True Katydid

Common True Katydid

Hi timmyd,
You are quite correct when you indicate the Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia, is an excellent camouflage artist that looks exactly like a leaf.  The sickle-shaped ovipositor protruding from the edge of her wing tips is an indication this is a female.

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Subject: Moss mimic Katydid
Location: Atta Canopy Walkway, Potaro-Siparuni, Guyana
August 13, 2014 2:23 pm
Hi!
I found this chap at Atta Canopy Walkway in Guyana, it was right outside my cabin hiding in the bushes at head height, during the day.
There are very few pics online to attempt an ID (I was searching Acanthodis and Haemodiasma) so I was hoping your experts could help!?
Thanks in advance!
Signature: Charlotte

Katydid

Katydid

Hi Charlotte,
We are attempting to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can assist in your identification request of this magnificent Katydid.

Katydid

Katydid

Fantastic, many thanks in advance! :)

 

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Subject: Green bug!
Location: Greece
August 5, 2014 3:17 pm
Can you identify this bug?
Thank you.
Signature: Helen

Shieldbacked Katydid

Shieldbacked Katydid

Hi Helen,
This appears to be a very well camouflaged Shieldbacked Katydid.  It also appears to be missing one of its jumping legs.

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