June 12, 2010
Found this on my patio in Abilene Texas.
This is a predatory Katydid in the genus Neobarrettia. We believe it is the Greater Arid Land Katydid, Neobarrettia spinosa, sometimes called the Red Eyed Devil according to BugGuide. This is a gregarious omnivorous species that is found in Texas and a few neighboring states. We would not discount that it might be the smaller White Eyed Devil, Neobarrettia victoriae, which is also pictured on BugGuide. The individual in your photo is a female based on her long ovipositor that might be mistaken for a stinger. These aggressive Katydids are capable of biting and drawing blood.