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What is this?
Location: Santa Barbara, California
April 30, 2011 8:38 pm
This insect was on a poppy in my garden in Santa Barbara, California, USA. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Joan

Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Joan,
This is a very young nymph of one of the Bush Katydids in the genus
Scudderia, most likely the Fork Tailed Bush Katydid, Scudderia furcata.  You can compare your image to this photo from BugGuide.  The striped antennae of the nymphs are quite distinctive and adults are green, well camouflaged insects that resemble Grasshoppers but with long antennae.  General information on the genus can be found on bugGuide.  Katydids feed on foliage and flowers, but they are generally not plentiful enough to do major damage.  In our own Southern California garden, adults have a fondness for eating the petals on red roses, and we tolerate this since one of the reasons we plant flowers is to attract insects.

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What’s this bug?
Location: Kruger Park, South Africa
April 19, 2011 12:12 am
Saw this on a recent trip to Kruger Park in South Africa resting on the screen door to our cabin and had a hard time believing it was real.
Signature: pete


Dear Pete,
Several years ago we received a similar image which we identified as a ShieldBack Katydid, commonly called a Koringkriek in South Africa.  Koringkriek is an Afrikaans word, and it is also known as an Armored Ground Cricket.  In addition to the links we found on the earlier posting, there is some information on the Wilkinson’s World website.  The BugBitten website also lists the common name Gogga.  You may also want to visit the World’s Best Photos of koringkriek web page.

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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.

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

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.

On Mar 4, 2011, at 2:20, daniel marlos <> 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.
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.

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!

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


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.

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