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Green Bug
Location: FL
July 24, 2011 3:49 pm
I moved to FL not too long ago and saw this green bug. Nobody I’ve talked to knows what it is. Do you?
Signature: Patti


Hi Patti,
This Katydid is commonly called a Conehead.  We believe it is an immature nymph as it does not have wings.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a species identification.

Piotr Naskrecki provides an ID
Hi Daniel,
This is a male of Belocephalus, possibly B. davisi, but impossible to say for sure without examining its genitalia and the stridulatory apparatus (there are 13 very similar species in the genus).

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4″ green bug
July 13, 2011
Location:  Jacksboro, TX
Can you please tell me what kind of bug this is? It was found in Jacksboro, TX.
Sherri C

Greater Arid-Land Katydid

The Greater Arid-Land Katydid is also called a Red Eyed Devil.  It is a predatory Katydid and your individual is a male.

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Two buddies on my Coyote Mint
Location: Mission District, San Francisco
July 13, 2011 3:56 pm
Dear Bugman – Just noticed these two brothers (Cousins?) sitting on my Coyote Mint and wondered whether I should be worried, indifferent, or happy.
Signature: SF Gardener

Bush Katydid Nymphs

Dear SF Gardener,
These are immature Bush Katydids.  Immature Katydids, like the early stages of many insects, are called nymphs.  Though they are plant eaters, we allow Katydids to live in our garden and feed off the leaves of plants.  They do some cosmetic damage but they never defoliate the plants.

Hi Daniel –
Thanks for the info. I’d traced them to the Opthera order, but didn’t recognize them among crickets and grasshoppers. I will let them be, as you say.
This is my garden’s second year and I’m getting the hang of it and seeing some new things: aphids severely damaging my lupines, and powdery mildew on my snowberries. Trying to recognize the birds and butterflies and bugs as part of all this.

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Bug in Florida
Location: NW Florida
July 8, 2011 6:37 pm
looked like a grasshopper but with a tail. When approached it antenna went wide. When placed on ground it scurried but did not hop. Dogs have been digging in yard lately, it is unusual behavior for them. Could they be digging these up and eating them? If they are eating them are they toxic? I also have kids and wonder if they pose any danger?
Signature: Theresa Lawson

Eastern Shieldback Katydid

Hi Theresa,
This is an Eastern Shieldback Katydid in the genus
Atlanticus, which we identified on BugGuide and she is a female as evidenced by her long ovipositor which you have called a tail.  BugGuide states that they are “Said to be strong biters” however, they do not possess any venom, and it is questionable that a bite would even draw blood.  They are not a toxic species, so you don’t need to fear for your dogs’ health should they happen to eat them, nor do you need to have anything to fear if your children eat them.  Many members of the insect order Orthoptera, which includes Katydids, are considered valuable food sources in areas of the world that do not find entomophagy to be repulsive.  There is a movement afoot of late to educate the public on the nutritional value of insects, and David Gracer, a noted expert in the area of entomophagy, frequently notifies us when we post images of insects that are consumed in various parts of the world.  We are going to go out on a limb and tag this as an Edible Insect, and we will copy David Gracer on this response so that he can provide his input.

Hi Daniel and Theresa,
Your tagging of this insect is correct; like just about all North American Orthoptera [I don’t know of any exceptions], this species would be entirely edible for dogs or people.  I’ve tried katydids from Florida, as well as lubber grasshoppers; the latter are gamey and not entirely pleasant to eat, but katydids are generally quite tasty [though they spoil very quickly, so they must be fresh].
I’m making good progress on securing a commercial source of processed katydids from Uganda; they are are called Nsenene there, are in the genus Ruspolia, and are quite similar to the American genus Neoconocephalus.  They’re totally delicious, and I’ll make an official announcement on WTB when they are in.

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weird red bug
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
July 2, 2011 12:43 am
Found this bug in my pool just curious what kinda bug it is
Signature: Mitch Schard

Unknown Orthopteran

Hi Mitch,
We wish your photo had more detail.  This is an Orthopteran and a member of the suborder Ensifera, the Longhorned Orthopterans, but beyond that we are reluctant to draw any conclusions.   We would also add that it appears to be a male and that it might be a Camel Cricket (see BugGuide).  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide any information, though we doubt he is working over the long holiday weekend.

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what is it
Location: Southern France
June 30, 2011 3:36 pm
saw this bug in the bedroom, would be interested to know what it is.
Signature: Dave

Shieldback Katydid

Hi Dave,
This is a male Shieldback Katydid, and we believe it is in the genus
Ephippiger.  We will try to get additional information.

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