Subject: What’s this bug??
Geographic location of the bug: Southern California (foothills near Los Angeles)
Time: 05:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi,
I’m trying to figure out if this bug is the reason my basil appears to be suffering. I’ve never seen one before! Know what it is? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed: Kristin
This is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus Scudderia, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide. Katydids will eat leaves and flowers, but they do not feed enough to defoliate the plants. You did not describe the malady affecting your basil. If it is chewed leaves, you can probably blame the Bush Katydid nymph. If it is brown spots, wilting or some other malady, look elsewhere for the culprit.
Thank you, Daniel! It is chewed leaves, which is a problem since that’s what I want to chew on basil! Haha. This was very helpful, I appreciate it!