Subject: Orthoptera Identification
Geographic location of the bug: Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Time: 11:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Could you please help me identify this orthoptera?
How you want your letter signed: 7Song
This is a marvelous image of a female Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae and she appears to be in the act of laying eggs. It looks similar to the Tico Katydid, Melanonotus tico, which is pictured on Getty Images. We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to get his opinion.
Katydid Correction Courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki
It is a female of Idiarthron, based on the location (Limon Province) most likely I. hammuliferum.
Ed. Note: There are images of this species on the Orthoptera Species File Online.
Thank you for your reply Daniel. I have been looking for someone to help me with this photo for a while now. I look forward to your response.
Whoops, I missed the second response, so thank you again. And a thank you to Piotr.