Subject: Unknown Bug
Geographic location of the bug: Ocala, Florida
Time: 09:36 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: I found this insect on the outside of our screened lanai. Any help in identifying it would be greatly appreciated.
How you want your letter signed: Nan
This is a Short-Winged Conehead Katydid in the genus Belocephalus, and here is a BugGuide image for verification. According to BugGuide: “Usually associated with small palms, including saw and cabbage palmettos” and “Has been observed eating palm fronds.” The ovipositor indicates your individual is female.