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Subject: Strange bug
Location: Pyramid hill, Victoria, 3575, Australia
February 28, 2015 7:34 am
I have never seen anything like it! This bug looks like a bug cream coloured wasp! Please help me identify it… By the way i am in Australia, Victoria, Pyramid hill.
Signature: Abi



Dear Abi,
This is a harmless female Katydid, and we suspect you mistook her for a wasp because of the stinger-like ovipositor which is used to deposit eggs.  We are not certain of the species, but you may be able to identify it on the Brisbane Insect website.

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Subject: Puntland bug
Location: Puntland state of Somalia
February 15, 2015 11:33 am
Dear Bugman,
I saw this afternoon thus beetle in Puntland State of Somalia.
I asked a Somali what it was but he did not know.
He said these beetles appear suddenly and die around this time of year (February).
The beetle was about 7 centimeters long and was very slow and gave the impression it was about to die.
I am curious to know more about this beetle. I saw a smaller specimen in December when I visited Garowe).
Kind regards
and thanks before hand
Signature: Peter Markus

Armored Ground Cricket

Armored Ground Cricket

Dear Peter,
This is not a beetle.  It is a flightless Katydid commonly called an Armored Ground Cricket.

Dear Daniel,
Thank you very much!
I thought it might be but the photos I found looked different!
Again thank you, I will read up on it
Kind regards,


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Subject: Help please
Location: Nicaragua
February 12, 2015 1:16 am
We saw this bug in a bromeliad in cloud forest in Nicaragua. It was described to us at the time as a leaf bug, but I suspect that this is generic term meaning “I don’t have a clue”! Can you help identify it please?
Signature: Emcee

Leaf Mimic Katydid

Dried Leaf Mimic Katydid

Dear Emcee,
This looks nearly identitical to a Dried Leaf Mimic Katydid in the genus
Mimetica from Belize that we recently posted.  Your individual seems to have lost one of its jumping legs.

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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
Signature: Eric

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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