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Subject:  Kolob cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Kolob canyon utah
Date: 07/22/2021
Time: 11:48 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  What kind of bug is this? Looks like a type of cricket. Color was almost a neon green and bright red in person. Was eating a flying ant.
How you want your letter signed:  Courtney

Possibly Ovate Shieldback Katydid

Dear Courtney,
We believe we have identified your Shieldback Katydid as an Ovate Shieldback Katydid in the genus
 Aglaothorax which is pictured on BugGuideBugGuide lists the range as “sw. US (AZ-NV-CA)” which is Utah adjacent.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he is able to verify our identification.

Subject:  grasshopper-esque?
Geographic location of the bug:  texas hill country
Date: 06/22/2021
Time: 12:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  a beautiful and alien looking friend, it has taken up residence under the gas grill cover. seems like a grasshopper but wings are so short and odd? thank you for your help!
How you want your letter signed:  curious

Red Eyed Devil

Dear Curious,
We are thrilled to post your image of a predatory Katydid commonly called a Red Eyed Devil,
Neobarrettia spinosa.  According to BugGuide it is:  “Voraciously omnivorous!”  Though the Red Eyed Devil is not dangerous to humans, they do have powerful mandibles and they might deliver a painful bite if carelessly handled.

thank you very much for your help! how interesting!! voraciously omnivorous indeed! J

Subject:  Blue eyed grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Saint Lucia, Lesser Antilles
Date: 04/19/2021
Time: 08:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  No photo shop!!    This grasshopper, found in the open bathroom of our guest house here in Saint Lucia,  has electric blue eyes.     Date, April 19.     Local man says it is a “Clap-Clap” from call at night.   Is it known?   An earlier post had photo of this insect as “unknown orthopteran”.
How you want your letter signed:  Madeleine

Unknown Cyan-eyed Ensiferan from Santa Lucia

Dear Madeleine,
We cannot believe that 13 years have passed since that 2008 posting of the Unknown Caribbean Orthopteran with blue eyes, and there is a noticeable dearth of images online that illustrate this amazing insect.  It is also quite interesting that you also took images of this same unidentified Orthopteran in Saint Lucia, so there must be a population of them on the island.  First we would like to make a few corrections.  This is not a Grasshopper.  Grasshoppers are Orthopterans, but they have short antennae.  The members of the order with long antennae belong to the suborder Ensifera which includes Katydids and Crickets.  Also, we originally referred to this eye color as blue, but in teaching the color wheel to our photo and cinema students, we draw a distinction between the colors blue and cyan, and the eye color of this critter is definitely cyan.  See Reddit or Quora for the difference between blue and cyan.  That said, we are still not able to provide a species identification for this awesome insect.  We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki who is an expert in Katydids to see if he recognizes it.

Unknown Cyan-eyed Ensiferan from Santa Lucia

Thank you very much!    Since I wrote you, I found Nesonotus tricornis on the internet.   It seems to be a perfect match.     What do you think?   Yes, Katydid of course, and yes, Cyan.    A local man here in St Lucia saw my picture (I have others, by the way) and said it was a “clack-clack” for the noise it makes at night.    We have been hearing a katydid or two sing (or clack, it is kind of mechanical) at night.    Quite low pitched.
We loved this insect!    He was calm, drank some water, walked on us, didn’t fly….though I suppose eventually it did.
Madeleine Love (usually in Maine)

Unknown Cyan-eyed Ensiferan from Santa Lucia

Update:  Thank you so much for getting back to us Madeleine, and based on images posted to Nature Picture Library (where Piotr Naskrecki provided the image) and iNaturalist, we agree that this is likely Nesonotus tricornis.  According to the Dutch Caribbean Species Register, the common name is Forest Katydid.

Subject:  Green cicada-grasshoper like
Geographic location of the bug:  North of Portugal
Date: 11/27/2019
Time: 06:52 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this little guy during the summer and the only name I can find for it is the local name (cigarrela) but I would apreciate if you could discover more about it
How you want your letter signed:  Miguel Gonçalves

Bush Cricket

Dear Miguel,
This is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoninae, and it is commonly called a Bush Cricket.  It might be
Steropleurus pseudolus which is pictured on FlickR.  It might also be in the genus Ephippiger.

Subject:  Grasshopper or Cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  Vantage (WA), Ginkgo Petrified Forest
Date: 10/26/2019
Time: 12:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Do you have any idea what it is? It looks like a cricket, but I could not found it with Google.Best regards, Nils
How you want your letter signed:  Nils B.

Mormon Cricket

Dear Nils,
Though it is commonly called a Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex is actually a Shield-Backed Katydid.  Though they are flightless, in some years they are quite common and they form swarms along the ground in search of food.  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  Your individual is also a female as evidenced by her ovipositor.

Subject:  I’ve seen two.
Geographic location of the bug:  Broederstroom South Africa
Date: 10/20/2019
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/NwOR6jDkQA/?igshid=psx84ahumm6z

How you want your letter signed:  Graham

Winged Predatory Katydid

Dear 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.

Morning Daniel
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?
Thank you
Graham

Hi again Graham,
Many predatory Katydids are opportunistic feeders, and they will eat vegetation as well as other creatures.