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Grasshopper bug
Location: Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
March 12, 2011 7:26 am
Hi Team,
Found this bug on my door last night, it looks like a grasshopper or locust, but I have never seen one like it here ever.Its about 2-3 inches long with white stripes up its belly. Can you help?
Cheers Denis
Signature: Denis Fitzgerald

32 Spotted Katydid

Hi Denis,
We quickly identified your 32 Spotted Katydid,
Ephippitytha trigintiduoguttata, by searching the Insects of Brisbane website.  It is also known as a Mottled Katydid, and the etymologically incorrect Speckled Grasshopper.  Though Katydids and Grasshoppers are in the same insect order, Orthoptera, they are classified in different suborders.

32 Spotted Katydid

Hi Daniel,
Thank you for your email and that you identified my grasshopper.
Seems its common up northern Australia. No wonder I have never seen this type so far south where I am, before.
Thanks again you guys do a GREAT job.
Cheers Denis

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moss camo orthoptera
Location: Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea
March 2, 2011 4:38 pm
found this guy on bioko island in a caldera. thought it was pretty neat. would you be able to id for me?
Signature: tim

Moss Mimic Katydid

Hi Tim,
We have been getting some interesting photos of moss and lichen mimicking Katydids from various places in the world lately, and we have been enlisting the assistance of Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki in the species or genus identification.  We will write to Piotr to get his opinion.

Moss Mimic Katydid

Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification
Hi Daniel,
This is a pretty rarely collected beast, Batodromeus subulo (Pseudophyllinae, Pleminiini). The genus Batodromeus is remarkably similar to the neotropica moss-mimicking genus Championica, but the two do not appear to be closely related.
Cheers,
Piotr

Thanks Piotr,
Is it rare because it is endemic to the caldera?
Daniel

Daniel,
This species is not endemic to Bioko, it is known also from Cameroon, but it is very rarely collected because of its association with canopy epiphytes. In 5 years of katydid collecting in West Africa I only managed to find one individual of the genus Batodromeus.
Cheers,
Piotr

On Mar 4, 2011, at 2:20, daniel marlos <dmarlos@roadrunner.com> wrote:

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Some kind of Orthopteran?
Location: Southeastern Peru, Manu Area
February 28, 2011 4:03 am
I stumbled across this while hiking through foothill forest of Southeastern Peru in Manu National Park around 900 – 1000m elevation. The insect almost perfectly camouflaged itself by fitting its body into a lengthwise cavity in a hollow twig while holding its antennae and legs outstretched and parallell with the twig. It’s body fit almost perfectly.
Thanks!
Signature: Rich

Unknown Orthopteran

Hi Rich,
We agree that this is an Orthopteran.  We will try to contact Piotr Naskrecki, an expert in Katydids, to see if he can identify this unusual creature.

Piotr Naskrecki provides tribe identification
Hi Daniel,
This is a nymph of a katydid of the tribe Pleminiini (Pseudophyllinae), but it is too young for me to be able to tell the genus.
Cheers,
Piotr

Hi Daniel,
Thank you! I saw Piotr’s response on the website. This is very interesting. Sorry, I have a couple more questions: I was curious as to whether the insect makes the cavity itself or finds existing ones. Is hiding like this typical of nymphs the tribe Pleminiini? Also, what do adults look like? Are they typical green katydids?
Thanks a lot!
Rich

Hi Rich,
This response is mostly speculation.  We doubt that the nymph excavates the cavity.  Most Katydids practice some form of camouflage mimicry.  We are unable to locate any images of individuals in the tribe Pleminiini.

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Camouflaged katydid from Peru
Location: Shima, near Satipo, Junin, Peru
February 27, 2011 5:47 am
This katydid appears to be camouflaged for a lichen environment. It came to a moth light in Junin state, Peru. Can anyone please help me find the species?
Signature: Peter Bruce-Jones

Katydid

Hi Peter,
Several years ago, we posted a photo of a Moss Mimic Katydid from Costa Rica, and if you look at that posting, you will see some similarities, but we don’t believe this is the same species.  We will try to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can properly identify your species.

Comment from Piotr Naskrecki
Hi Daniel,
This is an almost certainly undescribed species of the tribe Dysonini (Phaneropterinae), possibly Machima sp. It is a very poorly known group of katydids, and virtually nothing is known about their biology, other than their remarkable mimicry of lichens.
Cheers,
Piotr

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Another unknown katydid from Peru
Location: Shima, near Satipo, Junin, Peru
February 10, 2011 3:38 am
I would be grateful for any help with the identity of this orthopteran found in central Peru.
Signature: Peter Bruce-Jones

Katydid

Hello again Peter,
We only have time to post one of your newly submitted Katydid images this morning and we do not have time to contact Piotr Naskrecki.  We will wait until later in the week to trouble him again.

Hi Daniel,
No problem. I am happy to proceed with these at whatever pace is most convenient.
Peter

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Peruvian cricket
Location: Rio Pindayo, near Curimana, Ucayali, Peru
February 9, 2011 3:28 am
Can you help me find the identity of this cricket found in central Peru?
Signature: Peter Bruce-Jones

Katydid

Hi again Peter,
This is not a cricket, but rather, it is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae.  Crickets and Katydids are classified together in the suborder Ensifera, the Long Horned Orthopterans.  We often request assistance with exotic Katydid identifications from entomologist Piotr Naskrecki, however, we suspect he is in the field as he did not respond to our recent emails.  We will write to him to see if he recognizes your Katydid.  We can tell you that she is a female as evidenced by her swordlike ovipositor.

Hi Daniel,
Thank you.
On this side of the Atlantic the Tettigoniidae are known as Bush-crickets and the term “katydid” is alien to us, hence my (imprecise) use of “cricket”. I look forward to hearing what your expert makes of it, and will hold back my other similar queries until he is in contact again.
Best regards,
Peter

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is a female of Choeroparnops, most likely C. tuberculatus (Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae: Platyphyllini).
Cheers,
Piotr

Thank you Daniel. That was quicker than I expected. I have a few more orthopterans to enquire about; I’ll start with the long-horned ones.
All the best,
Peter

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