Subject: cricket or katydid?
Location: Fort Bragg, CA
August 15, 2017 9:07 am
I came across this cricket or katydid in my field in Fort Bragg California. I tried identifying it using online resources, but haven’t found anything that looks like what I found. It has very long stripped antennae, a shield behind its head and a lovely brown and mottled grey color. I have attached two photos of it sitting on my arm.
Signature: Thanks, Jill

Shield-Backed Katydid

Dear Jill,
This is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the genus
Neduba, as you can see by comparing your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in late summer, cemented to plant stems, these overwinter; one generation per year.”  Your individual is a male.  Female have long ovipositors.

Shield-Backed Katydid

Dear Daniel,
Thanks so much for the ID. Yep, that looks like my guy. So beautiful.
Location: Fort Bragg, California

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