I call him Perry – what would you call him?
Location: Vancouver, BC
August 24, 2011 10:29 am
This green bug showed up on my ceiling the other day, and returned again today (its late August). I live in a 3rd-floor apartment in Vancouver, BC.
I have never seen anything like him before – he has wings, but didn’t try to use them when I went to catch him in a glass, and then he happily clung to the side of that glass while I tried to shake him out the window. I think he looks sort of like a grasshopper, but without the giant back legs to help him hop!
We have identified this Orthopteran as a male Drumming Katydid, Meconema thalassinum, by matching it to a photo on BugGuide. We were surprised to learn this on BugGuide: “According to the Singing Insects of North Americs website, the subfamily of Meconematinae is represented in the US by only one species, M. thalassinum, which has been introduced from Europe.”