February 14, 2010
My cousin found an unsual cricket at the backyard. It has wings and the head is black colored. It a little aggressive when I tried to touch it.

Raspy Cricket

After I took the pictures, it hopped liked a grasshopper with its wings still spread and headed towards the plants. I wasn’t able to take the picture with its wings retracted.
Neil Clark
Baguio, Philippines

Raspy Cricket

Hi Neil,
That is one crazy looking insect.  It is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, and we believe it is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, most likely a predatory species.  We will check with Piotr Naskrecki, an expert in the family, to see if he recognizes this spectacular creature with its aggressive threat posture.

Raspy Cricket

Piotr Naskrecki Responds
Hi Daniel,
This is not a katydid, but a member of Gryllacrididae, a distantly related
family. Most of them, if not all, are voracious predators that actively hunt
prey by constantly running along branches in search of insects. I cannot say
what genus it is, possibly Gryllacris or Caustogryllacris;  very little work
has been done on this group since the 1920s.

Location: Philippines

4 Responses to Raspy Cricket from the Philippines

  1. neilclark says:

    Was the work on that group stopped for some reason? Thanks for Identifying sir.

    • bugman says:

      Hi Neil,
      Like music and fashion, trends come and go, and certain groups of insects are not popular at certain times, so no research is done. Additionally, taxonomic research is often conducted by individuals with an interest in a specific group. In no entomologist does research that is published, there is no additional information available on a group.

  2. enrico says:

    damn saw one in tagaytay today and it killed a goliath spider

  3. enrico says:

    that type of raspy crickett we’ve seen today had a yellow color from face to tail, stinger tail, exactly the same wings and as aggressive as you have discussed. I can’t find any exact pic as we have recorded.

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