Light Green hopper
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
August 15, 2010 7:16 am
Kids in our Church are finding these Light green insects that look like a grasshopper or cricket of some sort; Could you please help us to identify them.
The picture was taken in my office where we found this one sitting on top of a small cactus plant on my desk.
Kids at Victory Baptist Church
Dear Kids at Victory Baptist Church,
This is an immature Katydid. The undeveloped wings indicate it is immature. Katydids are similar to grasshoppers, but their most obvious physical difference is the antennae. Katydids have long antennae and are classified as the Longhorned Orthopterans, and Grasshoppers with their shorter antennae are classified as Shorthorned Orthopterans. We will contact an expert on Katydids, Piotr Naskrecki, to see if he recognizes your specimen.
Correction from Piotr Naskrecki
This is not a nymph, but an adult male of Leptophyes punctatissima (Tettigoniidae, Phaneropterinae).
Ed. Note: In some species of Katydids, the wings do not fully develop even as adults.