new caledonian bug…
March 29, 2010
this was found when a crested gecko dropped it when starteled and absolutally stinks
We will contact and expert in Orthopterans, Piotr Naskrecki, to see if he can identify this Katydid.
Piotr Naskrecki responds
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.)
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.