Subject: Leaf Bug
Location: Phrao, Chiang Mai, Thailand
August 3, 2014 7:29 pm
I’ve tried to look this one up but always found bugs that were far too small to be this one and looked too different. From what I remember when I took this photo was when I tried to get it down to have a closer look it took flight and flapped more like a bird then buzzing bug. Kind of freaked me out. Maybe I was seeing things but if you can confirm what this is it would be great. Thanks for the hard work.
This is some species of Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and most species of Katydids from all over the world are excellent leaf mimics. We will try to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a genus or species for this individual that looks very similar to a Sylvan Katydid, Cratioma sp., Piotr identified for us in the past.