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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.

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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