Bug on Trail in Jackson Hole
September 3, 2009
Hi! I saw this bug sitting on the trail in Jackson Hole, WY on the Cascade Canyon Trail. Bug was not alarmed at my approach. It did not fly away, but crawled (I wanted to be sure it did not get stepped on!)
Jackson Hole, WY
This is a Shield Backed Katydid, most likely a Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex, which can be compared to individuals on BugGuide. Your specimen is a female as evidenced by the swordlike ovipositor.
Update from Eric Eaton
September 6, 2009
The mormon cricket is pretty easy, plus this was “their year” apparently with lots of posts popping up in Bugguide from the Rocky Mountain states and Pacific Northwest.