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green bug
Location:  Yucca, Az
October 17, 2010 9:51 pm
When I found this bug I thought it was dead. When I put it in a cup it came alive. Please tell me what it is. Thanks.
Signature:  Mrs. Miller

Creosote Bush Katydid

Dear Mrs. Miller,
The markings on this Creosote Bush Katydid,
Insara covilleae, are unmistakable.  The ovipositor indicates that she is a female.

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What’s the cute little bug that ate my daylilies?
Location:  Blacksburg, VA
October 17, 2010 1:18 pm
This summer, a cute little bug ate my daylilies. (Ok, it did some damage to the flowers, but they only last one day anyway, so I didn’t mind, much.) I only saw it on my flowers in July. I think it was about an inch long at the most. It was bright green with long antenna that were dark with light stripes. It’s legs were green with dark bands and reminded me of a grasshopper, but I don’t think that’s what it is. It had one dark stripe down the middle of it’s back and two thin light green stripes on either side. It had protuding light brown eyes. It was polite enough to pose for it’s picture, so maybe you can tell me what it is. Thanks!
Signature:  Karen Ellingson

Scudder's Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Karen,
Your Katydid nymph is that of the Scudder’s Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia.  We located a matching image on BugGuide to support that identification.

Thank you!
BTW, I’m half way through your book and really like it.
Karen Ellingson

Hi again Karen,
Thanks for letting us know you are finding Daniel’s book enjoyable.

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Identification Request
Location:  Colorado
October 15, 2010 8:08 pm
We were walking the trail this August 2010 at Piney Lake which is in the Gore Range of the Vail Valley Colorado. This bug was ON the path. I photographed it. It was huge – close to 3” in length & 1” wide. At first we thought it was a plastic toy a child had dropped. On the way back, darn if it wasn’t on the path again so I got a second photo. What I didn’t think to do was put my foot or something in the picture to show how big it really was. I’m also including a picture of the Piney Lake habitat. I am thinking it looks like some kind of giant cricket but cannot find it anywhere on the internet ID sites. Please do not share my email address. Thank You for your consideration.
Signature:  S. Meyer

Mormon Cricket

Dear S. Meyer,
This is the second photo of a Mormon Cricket,
Anabrus simplex, that we have posted today.  Despite being called a Cricket, a Mormon Cricket is actually a Shieldbacked Katydid.

Daniel thank you so very much for your response. We have spent many hours outdoors in our aging lives & never seen the likes of this “Mormon Cricket” (wonder how it got THAT nickname?). I am curious where the other post was found. Also at altitude?
I will search for more info on the Shieldbacked Katydid, Anabrus simplex.
Susan MEyer

Hi Susan,
The name Mormon Cricket dates back to the mid nineteenth century when the first Mormon settlers in Utah were in danger of having their wheat crop destroyed because of the insect.  Flocks of gulls flew in from the Great Salt Lake and devoured the insects, and the “miracle” resulted in the common name Mormon Cricket.

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Cricket? in a field in the Grand Tetons
Location:  Grand Tetons National Park
October 12, 2010 10:36 pm
Good evening:
I ran into this odd cricket while photographing wildlife in the Grand Tetons National Park. Found a dead one first being feasted on by a grasshopper, then ran into a second one about 20 feet further along the path.
Camel cricket? Mormon cricket?
Signature:  Chris

Mormon Cricket

Hi Chris,
We believe that you have correctly identified the Mormon Cricket,
Anabrus simplex, one of the Shieldbacked Katydids, but we will try to get the expert opinion of Piotr Naskrecki to verify that.

Piotr Naskrecki provides confirmation
The chubbier individual with a shorter pronotum is indeed the Mormon cricket (Anabrus simplex)… .

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Orthopteran, short antenae, shield like pronatum
Location:  Yakima, WA
October 14, 2010 2:02 pm
Somewhat like a katydid, but short antennae. Pronatum shorter that in pygmy grasshoppers. Sub- adult instar?
Signature:  Paul Huffman, President-for-Life, Moclips Surf Club

Shieldbacked Katydid

Hi Paul,
It appears that your Shieldbacked Katydid in the genus
Neduba has been traumatized, hence the clipped antennae.  You can compare your image to photos for the genus posted to BugGuide.

Piotr Naskrecki provides confirmation
…  whereas the one with a larger pronotum is a male of Neduba sp.

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Grasshopper looking bug with “eye” on the back
Location:  Croatia, Dalmatia, Adriatic Coast, Biokovo Mountains
October 4, 2010 11:10 am
This big fella and his friends were spotted (rather frequently) during a hike in the Dinaric alps around 1000 m above sea level in Dalmatia, Croatia (Biokovo National Park, next to the Adriatic sea) in early September. The bug was ca 5 cm long and looked like a grasshopper. Is it a grasshopper that comes in a fancier outfit than the grasshoppers we see at home maybe? We were very fascinated by this little creature but haven’t been able to find out what bug it actually is. Please help us!
Signature:  Szabolcs&Susanna

Saddle-Back Katydid

Dear Szabolcs & Susanna,
This is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, probably a Shieldback Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae.  The long ovipositor indicates she is a female. We will search for a species name and attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki for his expertise.

Thank you for your quick answer! We’re looking forward to possibly getting to know more!

Hi Daniel,
This is a Saddle-back katydid (Ephippiger discoidalis). Normally this species is green, but at higher elevations you often find dark-colored forms of this (and other Ephippiger) species. Ephippiger is a really interesting genus, not only because males produce enormous nuptial gift in the form of a very large spermatophylax, but also because females in this group have evolved a unique stridulatory apparatus, and are capable of singing as well as the males (but do so only rarely).

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