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Subject:  Any ideas what this is?
Geographic location of the bug:  Travelers Rest SC
Date: 07/08/2019
Time: 12:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’m wondering if you can help me identify this? It’s in a corner of the porch ceiling.
How you want your letter signed:  margottc

Common True Katydid

Dear margottc,
This is a male Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia, and you can verify its identity by comparing your image to this BugGuide image.  The female of the species has a stinger-like ovipositor.  According to BugGuide, they feed on:  “Foliage of deciduous trees, and shrubs.”

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Subject:  Grasshopper, Katydid, or something else?
Geographic location of the bug:  Austin, Texas
Date: 06/13/2019
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

Katydid Nymph

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.

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Subject:  North East Mexico Plague
Geographic location of the bug:  Monterrey
Date: 06/07/2019
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Worried about our forest, infestation of this insect. What is it what is the impact. Millions of these in our forest.
How you want your letter signed:  Raul

Katydid: Pterophylla beltrani

Dear Raul,
This is a gorgeous Katydid, and with a little searching, we are confident we have identified it as
Pterophylla beltrani  thanks to images and maps on iNaturalist.  We located an article entitled Geographic Distribution and Singing Activity of Pterophylla beltrani and P. robertsi (Orthoptera:  Tettigoniidae), Under Field Conditions where it states:  “Pterophylla beltrani, locally known as grilleta or false locust, constitutes an important forest pest in northern Mexico.  Populations of this species began to increase … in 1975.”  Since this is a native, local insect for you, we have a problem thinking of the large numbers you witnessed this year as an infestation.  Rather, we prefer to think about it as a possible indication of climate change.  Some species might not survive a change in climate while others may thrive.  At this point in time, Green New Deal or not, we believe that there has already been an irreversible effect on nature due to the changes, climactic and otherwise, that increasing populations of humans on planet Earth have created.  That stated, no one knows what the future will bring.

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Subject:  On an Avacado tree
Geographic location of the bug:  Davis, California
Date: 05/09/2019
Time: 03:27 PM EDn
Your letter to the bugman:  I have found a few of these on the tree, wondering if they are a pest or beneficial.
How you want your letter signed:  Pat

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Pat,
We would need you to more clearly define “pest or beneficial” but in our opinion, this is a beneficial Katydid nymph.  Katydids will eat foliage and flowers, but they will not defoliate trees, nor will it eat your avocados.  Katydids are also among the “music makers” in the insect world, and we thoroughly enjoy their sounds in the evening.  We believe your individual is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia.

Thank you for your response. I suppose those terms do include some subjectivity, I guess I was just wondering if I should be concerned seeing a handful of them on a young tree?
Thanks again,
Pat
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Subject:  Dragonfly eggs?
Geographic location of the bug:  Southeast Pennsylvania
Date: 05/01/2019
Time: 10:01 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi
I found this yesterday on my rose bush, April 30, 2019
I used the iNatuarlist app to try to identify, if briefly showed up as dragon/darner fly eggs
How you want your letter signed:  Natalie DelGiorno

Katydid Eggs

Dear Natalie,
These are most definitely NOT Dragonfly Eggs.  Dragonflies oviposit in the water, not on dried branches.  These are Katydid Eggs.

Katydid Eggs

Thank for answering. I found a picture on the web
I have the eggs in an aquarium, hoping they will hatch as a science project for kids
I also found a a preying mantis egg sac, an optics,(sure the spelling is wrong. It looks like half is broken, but I put it in an aquarium too
The thing about the preying mantis egg is that I saw her last October near the place where I found the eggs. There are also 2 others!
Thanks again
Natalie

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Subject:  Colorful red legged grasshopper/katydid
Geographic location of the bug:  Ivans, UT
Date: 12/31/2018
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We took this pic 9/23/2017 in Ivans, Utah (aka St. George, Utah)
It stayed long enough for me to take a picture but flew off right after. Tried to find anything similar but to no avail.
Never seen anything like this before! Absolutely stunning!!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan Silcox

Western Bush Katydid

Dear Megan,
Our editorial staff has returned to our home office and despite the holiday, we decided to make a new posting, so your identification request is our first of the New Year.  This is a Western Bush Katydid in the genus
Insara, and in our opinion, it most resembles the Creosote Bush Katydid, Insara covilleae, which is pictured on BugGuide, though BugGuide does not report that species for Utah.  The related Elegant Bush Katydid, Insara elegans, is reported from Utah on BugGuide, but its markings appear different.  We are confident with our genus identification but would prefer that a true expert weigh in on the species.  Happy New Year.

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