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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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new caledonian bug…
March 29, 2010
this was found when a crested gecko dropped it when starteled and absolutally stinks
new caledonia

Unknown Katydid chewed by Gecko

Dear print,
We will contact and expert in Orthopterans, Piotr Naskrecki, to see if he can identify this Katydid.

Piotr Naskrecki responds
Hi Daniel,
The squashed New Caledonian katydid is Pseudophyllanax imperialis, a huge
insect, endemic to the islands. I am impressed that a gecko was able to kill
her (although they do have large geckos on NC.)

Ed. Note
Armed with a name, we located the Insect Net Forum that calls this a Coconut Grasshopper, and the Endemia NC website has some photos and a recording of the sound made by the male calling to the female.

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A Katydid?
March 17, 2010
Hi Daniel,
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.


Hi Natasha,
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.

Hi Daniel,
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.

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small cricket of n.e. thailand sometimes seen in numbers
March 10, 2010
this attractive cricket is often found on leaves , i dont ever recall finding one on the ground.
gary heiden, chiang khan, thailand
loei prov. thailand. about 5km from mekong river.

Unknown Katydid Nymph

Hi Gary,
This is not a cricket, but rather an immature Katydid.  Crickets and Katydids are both in the same insect order, Orthoptera, which also includes grasshoppers.  Immature Orthopterans are known as nymphs, and they often differ physically from adults in terms of markings and coloration, which can make them difficult to identify.  We will contact Piotr Naskrecki, an expert in Katydids, to see if he recognizes the species or genus.

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
The katydid from Thailand is a nymph of Phaneropterinae, but impossible to
tell the genus. Nymphs in this group of katydids are often dramatically
different from the adults.

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