March 17, 2010
Eric Eaton sent me to you and he believes the picture I am attaching is a katydid. At first, thought it was some sort of kissing bug because I live in Antigua Guatemala and woke up one morning to this bugger on a spray bottle in my kitchen. It was huge and scared the daylights out of me! I’m also attaching another picture of a spider my husband found (he works in the Peten in the middle of the jungle.) Was wondering if it is a species of Wolf Spider? (it was the size of my husband’s hand.) Any help would be appreciate.
We will address you identification requests in different postings. This is definitely a Katydid, but we do not know the species. It is a female. We will contact katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he recognizes the species.
This is a female of Nannonotus alatus (Tettigoniidae: Pseudophyllinae), a species common at mid- to high elevations (especially in Alajuela and San Jose Provinces), where it can be found under bark of tall trees.