Subject: What bug is it?
Location: Valera,Tx
July 27, 2013 8:09 am
Hi, a friend of mine found this insect at her house in central Texas. We think it is a katydid. What do you think?
Signature: Curious

Red Eyed Devil

Red Eyed Devil

Dear Curious,
You are correct that this is a Katydid.  It is a Greater Arid-Land Katydid,
Neobarrettia spinosa, also commonly called a Red Eyed Devil.  While most Katydids are docile plant eaters, the Red Eyed Devil is described on BugGuide as being “Voraciously omnivorous!” as it is also a predatory species.  These Food Chain images from our own archive can attest to that.  BugGuide also notes:  “When approached, may rear up in a formidable display.  If handled carelessly, may bite and draw blood.”  The spike at the end of the abdomen is the ovipositor, indicating that this is a female.

Location: Valera, Texas

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