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Big Green Bug?
We’ve just seen an unusual bug clinging for dear life on the side of my front steps. It is large, with a yellowish green body and legs (six of them), two long antennae, raised back and a flat head and about 2" long and 1" wide. Can you tell me what this might be? It didn’t move while we were looking at it or taking pictures of it. Thank you.

Dear DJ,
Where are the photos and where do you live? Without additional information, it could be many things. Katydids resemble green grasshoppers, and do have long antennae. Please send photos if you have them. I appologize for the delay in replying, but our website is down because of heavy traffic.

I just sent the photos in a separate e-mail. I live in North Carolina.

Hi DJ,
Thanks for the photos. Even though they are out of focus, I can see you have a male Katydid. The female has a long ovipositor for depositing her eggs on branches. Exact species is indeterminable in your photo, but it appears to be the True Katydid, Pterophylla camellifolia. The male is musical, producing sounds by rubbing the wing covers, which have rasps and ridges, together like a fiddle and bow. Those night sounds are used to attract a mate. They are sometimes attracted to lights at night.

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3 Responses to Katydid

  1. Brenda Hurley says:

    I am so glad I found your website – it will go in my “favorites!” I found katydids on my raspberries, but wasn’t sure what it was. Now I know.
    Thanks a bunch!
    Brenda Hurley

  2. Ann says:

    I am very used to the sound they make but it is ear splitting when it is in my house. How do I get rid of the little fellow?

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