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Subject:  Bush Cricket in Bulgaria
Geographic location of the bug:  Central Bulgaria/ Stara Planina
Date: 10/25/2021
Time: 10:15 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Dear whoever is reading this,
Today I have found a bush cricket in Bulgaria but I don’t know which type it is. It is in my garden in the mountains near the town of troyan. Hopefully you can identify what type it is.
How you want your letter signed:  George

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Dear George,
We are relatively certain this is a Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket,
Ephippiger ephippiger.  The species has both green and brown forms.  The long ovipositor indicates this is a female.

Saddle-Backed Bush Cricket

Subject:  Katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Midlothian, Virginia
Date: 10/14/2021
Time: 11:29 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi there –
I found this pretty girl hanging out on my front porch this evening. Is it in the katydid family? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kim

Possibly Cattail Conehead Katydid

Dear Kim,
This is indeed a Katydid, and we believe it is one of the Coneheads, possibly the Cattail Conehead which is pictured on BugGuide.

Subject:  Pupae?
Geographic location of the bug:  Colorado. On daughters back-up wheel chair tire in a closet
Date: 10/23/2021
Time: 05:12 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  About 2 pencil leads wide and 1” long. Symmetrical like a pine cone. Beige/tan in color.
How you want your letter signed:  Good bug?

Katydid Eggs

This is not a pupa.  These are the eggs of a Katydid.  Katydids generally lay eggs on twigs, but they will use other locations.  We do find it odd that the eggs were found in a closet and we suspect they were laid prior to the wheel being placed in the closet.  Katydid eat leaves and flowers from many garden plants, and though they will damage individual leaves and blossoms, their feeding does not have a detrimental effect on the plants.

Thank you so much for responding back! We can’t figure it out either since that set of wheel chair tires have been in that closet for over 7 years. Anyway, thx to you, the mystery is solved.

Subject:  Weird Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodland WA
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 10:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve lived in WA all of my life and never seen one of these before.  What the heck is this??
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Steve,
This is some species of Shieldbacked Katydid, but we are uncertain which.  What appears to be a stinger is actually an ovipositor, an organ used by the female in laying eggs.

Subject:  Jumping bug found in my home
Geographic location of the bug:  Edinburgh, Scotland, uk
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 01:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I recently was visited by this mystery bug. I have never seen anything quite like it in the uk. I submitted it to Reddit, but the closest they got was determining that it was a Katydid Nymph. We were unable to nail exactly what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott.

Katydid Nymph, but what species???

Dear Scott,
We agree with Reddit that this is a Katydid nymph, and like Reddit, we cannot make a conclusive identification.  We do not believe this is a species native to Scotland.  We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki, renowned Katydid expert, to see if he can identify the species.  This would also be an unusual time of year to find a Katydid nymph of any species in Scotland as winter is approaching.  This is the time for adult Katydids in Scotland.

Subject:  What’s this bug??
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California (foothills near Los Angeles)
Date: 09/28/2021
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

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear 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!
Kristin DuFresne