Is this a known species?
Location: East Coast of FL (Plam bay, FL 32908)
September 25, 2010 3:13 pm
I found this grasshopper looking bug on my patio. Viewed from the top it looks just like a Shrimp! and its back end is interesting because it has a 1/2-3/4 in stinger pertruding out its rear. it has no wings, very squishy underside and hard shell on the top. I hope you can help me identify it. I’ve sent it off to a friend who is going to have a professor look at it and try to identify it in a lab. My camera is not very good at taking close up pictures. I do have a video though of it if you wanted more detail. let me know if you want the video.
Signature: Angela Efinger
This is a female Conehead Katydid in the genus Belocephalus. According to BugGuide, they are: “Usually associated with small palms, including saw and cabbage palmettos” and they have “been observed eating palm fronds.”