Subject: Scudders Bush Katydid
Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA
February 18, 2016 8:54 am
I found this tiny (1/2″) guy hanging out on a flowering shrub in our backyard in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, this week. At first I thought he was a very small grasshopper, but on closer inspection saw that wasn’t the case. After grabbing this photo and looking here, I am the belief he is a Scudders Bush Katydid. I’ve never noticed them before and don’t know if they get much bigger, but interesting colors nonetheless.
This is indeed a Bush Katydid nymph in the genus Scudderia. It will continue to grow at it matures. Adult Bush Katydids are green and winged, and they are also larger than the immature nymphs.