Subject: What is this
Geographic location of the bug: San Jose, Costa Rica
Time: 01:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Saw this a few weeks ago in San Jose Costa Rica in the late afternoon. Note the barb. What is this?
How you want your letter signed: Jim R
This is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and what you have described as a “barb” is actually an ovipositor, an organ adapted to function during the egg laying process, indicating that this is a female. We do not recognize the species.