Morman cricket maybe
Location: outside of Pine, AZ USA
August 16, 2010 10:50 pm
Hey I was hiking in the pines around the mogollon rim near Pine, AZ USA. Between 4000 and 5000 feet above sea level. Found this one under a rock. About an inch and a half long. Figure its some type of katydid but not too sure.
Jeremy in AZ
Based on BugGuide imagery, we believe you are correct that this is a Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex, or at least one of the Shieldbacked Katydids in the family Tettigoniinae. The long swordlike ovipositor indicates she is a female. We will verify this identification with Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki.
Piotr Naskrecki makes a Correction
September 20, 2010
Please forgive this late reply, I only got back from remote forests of Suriname a few days ago.
The katydid in the photo is not a mormon cricket. It is a related shield-back katydid, almost certainly of the genus Eremopedes. Not sure of the species – it resembles E. balli, but the ovipositor is a bit too long.
Piotr Naskrecki, Ph. D.
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University