Subject: I’ve seen two.
Geographic location of the bug: Broederstroom South Africa
Time: 12:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello. Seen two different bugs on our farm over the years. They’re big. 20cm long. https://www.instagram.com/p/Nw
How you want your letter signed: Graham
This is one impressive Katydid. We quickly located it on Photographs from South Africa where it is identified as a Winged Predatory Katydid, Clonia wahlbergi. Like the individual in that posting, your individual is a female as evidenced by her sickle-like ovipositor. It is also pictured on IUCN Redlist.
That is great. It’s been bothering me for over 5 years as to what it was.
When I was playing with it we gave it some fruit and it was eating it.
So then it’s omnivorous?
Hi again Graham,
Many predatory Katydids are opportunistic feeders, and they will eat vegetation as well as other creatures.