Subject: Orthoptera identification
Location: Mexico Chiapas
February 20, 2017 10:24 am
I recently purchased this specimen. It came with no name, other than Orthoptera ssp. The location on the collection data did indicate Mexico Chiapas. It’s quite beautiful. Anyone know what the genus and species name is?
Signature: Bug Lady


Dear Bug Lady,
Your file is labeled as “Grasshopper” but this is actually a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae.  We believe Katydids sometimes lose their color after death, so many bright green species appear quite faded as mounted specimens.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a species name for you.

Thank you!! Any help is greatly appreciated!
Katja Hilton
Amazing & Beautiful Butterflies

Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is Moncheca pretiosa (Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae: Copiphorini).
Piotr Naskrecki, Ph. D.
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Ed. Note:  As we suspected, the living Moncheca pretiosa we have in our archives is much more beautiful than the mounted specimen.

Thank you so much…Wow, they really do fade!
Katja Hilton

Location: Chiapas, Mexico

2 Responses to Katydid specimen from Mexico

  1. I think I’ve seen the same in Costa Rica few years ago.We’ve couldn’t sleep whole night of buzzing.What is a life expectancy of this insect in South America?

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