Subject: Grasshopper, Katydid, or something else?
Geographic location of the bug: Austin, Texas
Time: 03:41 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: We hail from the northeast and have found that everything is bigger in Texas when it comes to insects! This one didn’t jump or fly when we approached but lazily stretched one leg at a time almost as if exercising. My youngest was concerned when we found a brown version with large “stinger” but his brother though it to be an ovipositor.
How you want your letter signed: The Meroff family
Dear Meroff family,
This is an immature Katydid, but we are not certain of the species. The fact that it is a nymph means it has not finished growing. Your son is correct about the “stinger” actually being a harmless ovipositor.