Subject: cricket or grasshopper
Location: SouthWest FL
August 23, 2013 7:43 pm
I have this bug in south FL we call the shrimp bug. It has jumper legs like a cricket or a grasshopper but looks like a shrimp. I ask many pest control company’s what it is, and nobody can give me a good answer. Here are a couple of pics. Can you identify this critter? Thanks
Signature: Larry A.
This is neither a cricket nor a grasshopper, but it is classified in the same insect order, Orthoptera, as both crickets and grasshoppers. This is a Conehead, a species of Katydid in the genus Belocephalus. According to BugGuide: “Usually associated with small palms, including saw and cabbage palmettos” and “Has been observed eating palm fronds.”