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Bug identification
May 31, 2010
I noticed these guys on my rose today. They hop and have very long antennae. It was late afternoon and they may have been searching for aphids. I only notice them on the dark colored roses. I live in Lodi, CA (Central Valley)
Central California

Scudder's Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Mary,
This is an immature Scudder’s Bush Katydid.  Winged adults look like green grasshoppers with long antennae.  Katydids eat leaves, and we find that in our own Southern California garden, they like nibbling on rose petals.  They never get plentiful enough to be a problem, and we tolerate the Scudder’s Bush Katydids because they are such interesting creatures.

Thanks Daniel.  Yes, I read that they eat citrus but I have none on my orange or lemon here in the CA Central Valley.  They’re just on the roses.  I find them fascinating as well.  I love the antennae.  Do they eat aphids or are they herbivores?

Hi again Mary,
From all we have read, they are strictly phytophagous, feeding solely on plants, despite that numerous Katydids are predatory or at least omnivorous.

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Black-Red-Yellow Cricket?
May 28, 2010
Black-Red-Yellow Cricket with long legs
San Antonio, Texas

Central Texas Leaf Katydid Nymph

Hi Mark,
This is an immature Katydid, and we are going to seek professional assistance from Piotr Naskrecki in the identification.

Central Texas Leaf Katydid Nymph

Hi Daniel,
This looks like a nymph of the Central Texas Leaf Katydid (Paracyrtophyllus

Thanks Piotr.  There are matching images on BugGuide which indicates:  “True katydids have leaf-like wings that form cups enclosing the abdomen. (The cupped wings probably serve to amplify their sounds.) Antennae longer and stiffer than in other katydids.

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Beautiful Green Bug
May 27, 2010
Took two pictures of this very handsome green bug during late evening. Just finished watering my small garden and this guy was sitting on my fence. He appeared to be washing his face and I did not want to disturb him. Think he might be a katydid of the genus Microcentrum. Please help me out. Thanks.
Tulsa, Oklahoma

Angle-Winged Katydid

Hi Curt,
This is a beautiful portrait of an Angle-Winged Katydid in the genus Microcentrum.  Nice job of identification.

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remarkable big insect
May 25, 2010
spring photo in a little village near the sea
what is this???

Shieldback Katydid, we believe

We believe this is a Shieldback Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  We will contact an expert in Orthopterans, Piotr Naskrecki, to see if he is able to provide a species name or correction.

Piotr Naskrecki provides an answer
Hi Daniel,
This beauty is called Callimenus macrogaster (Tettigoniidae: Bradyporinae.) Whether it is a shield-back is still a matter of discussion, although recent molecular data indicate that Bradyporinae may indeed by closely related to shield-backs (Tettigoniinae.) This species has an interesting defense mechanism, and if perturbed squirts hemolymph at its attacker.

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Assasain bug?
May 23, 2010
There are several of these on my Lima bean plants. They do not try to escape when approached. I think one was chewing on a new bean pod. On pic is juvenile and one more mature.
Orlando, FL

Immature Katydid

Dear Roamer,
Having Assassin Bugs on your bean plants would be beneficial since they are predators, but your insect is an herbivore, an immature Katydid.  Katydids will eat leaves, and in our garden, they also eat rose petals.  Katydids are generally not numerous enough to present a problem.  Since you do not eat the leaves on the bean plants, and since loss of a few leaves will not negatively impact the yield of your plants, you probably do not need to be concerned.

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Some more great bugs from PNG
April 30, 2010
There are so many awesome bugs here in Papua New Guinea, and I know we’ve only seen the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Here are a few we thought you would like to see.
The first is called, at least locally, a “Christmas spider.” Perhaps you can identify it? They’re rather small – the largest being only about an inch across. The second, some kind of leaf bug? It was about 3″ long, not including antennae. The third, a borer, also about 3″ long not including antennae, which had a spread of about 8″. The spider and leaf bug were photographed near Madang and the borer was photographed in Buka, Bougainville. Enjoy!!
Papua New Guinea

Sylvan Katydid

Hi Sharon,
Your leaf bug is a Katydid and we are going to write to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can assist in the species identification.

Piotr Naskrecki identifies the Sylvan Katydid
Hi Daniel,
This is a sylvan katydid (Pseudophyllinae: Phyllomimini), most likely the genus Heteraprium. This group of katydids of New Guinea is very poorly known, nearly all species of Pseudophyllinae I collected there were new to science, and it is possible that this one is also undescribed.

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