Subject: Stripy Pants
Location: Los Angeles
January 5, 2013 3:42 am
Spotted this guy buggin’ on my orange tree. He was hopping and seemed to know I was checking him out! Spent a lot of time online, but didn’t come close to an identification. What’s that bug?
This is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus Scudderia. Adult Bush Katydids are much larger and they resemble green grasshoppers with very long antennae, but because of their coloration, they are well camouflaged against foliage and they are frequently overlooked. This nymph appears to be very young.
Thank you so much for your generous and timely response, you’re the (bug)man!
I am more than happy to have this little fella nibble on our tree as per your wishes. I wonder just how many insects you’ve saved from a squishy demise over the years?
Keep up the good work!