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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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Australian Grasshopper
April 10, 2010
Hi Bugman, would this be a grasshopper? Besides the eyes, I was also curious about the reddish/orange thing it had on its neck, but looking at grasshopper photos I guess it’s its mouth, not a tick or something gorging on it…
Ridou Ridou
Sydney Australia

Conehead Katydid

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Grashopper from Ecuador
March 29, 2010
hello, this impressive insekt was on a bar table in a jungle lodge in the rainforrest on the napo river in ecuador
ecuador napo river

Spiny Lobster Katydid

Hi janosch,
We are keeping Piotr Naskrecki, and expert in Orthopterans, quite busy today with unknown Katydid requests.  We hope he responds soon.

Spiny Lobster Katydid

After posting and sending an email to Piotr, we checked our own archives and located the Spiny Lobster Katydid, Panoploscelis  specularis, which Piotr identified for us this past December.

Hi Daniel,
The one from Ecuador is indeed Panoploscelis specularis.

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