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Subject:  unidentified green bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Fort Wayne, Indiana
Date: 07/05/2018
Time: 09:20 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Just like to know what this is. Have never seen anything like it.
How you want your letter signed:  Brad Pahmier

Immature Male Common True Katydid

Dear Brad,
We apologize for our delay.  Your identification request was on the back burner so long it fell off the stove, but we went back through our unanswered mail and relocated it.  This is an immature male Katydid, and when we searched for images of immature Katydids from Indiana, we found our own posting from Ohio of a female immature Common True Katydid,
Pterophylla camellifolia.  This BugGuide image of an immature male Common True Katydid looks exactly like your individual.

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Subject:  Name the bug, please
Geographic location of the bug:  Marblehead, MA USA
Date: 07/13/2018
Time: 09:02 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please help identify this immature insect. It has been camped out on my wife’s rosebush for the past several days. Our guess is katydid or cricket, but it has no wings (yet).
How you want your letter signed:  Wayne and Susan

Immature Male Katydid

Dear Wayne and Susan,
This is indeed an immature Katydid and it is a male that is lacking an ovipositor.  We believe it looks like this BugGuide image of a member of the subfamily Phaneropterinae.

Immature Male Katydid

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Subject:  Brown Katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  South Carolina
Date: 07/04/2018
Time: 12:53 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hello, I am big on insects and always been a huge fan of the site! The website is very helpful and I am very happy it exists!
I am usually on point with my insects but this one female katydid (from what I believe she is) got me pretty stumped. I fed her a banana and she went insane for it! I was able to gain her trust and got some neat photos of her, any idea of what kind of katydid she is?
Hope my photography is helpful! I have more photos if you need more to see of her..I like taking photos of crawlies hehe!
How you want your letter signed:  Lily P.

Eastern Shieldback

Dear Lily,
This is an Eastern Shieldback Katydid in the genus
Atlanticus and according to BugGuide:  “13 spp. in our area” and “Identification of species is challenging.”

Eastern Shieldback Katydid

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Subject:  Great Golden Digger Wasps
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover Township, NJ
Date: 07/03/2018
Time: 02:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi Daniel,
This is not a question, just a share.  Several days ago, the Great Golden Digger Wasps appeared along our walkway and immediately set about excavating their nest holes.  There was a fair amount of jockeying for position the first day and even a few little skirmishes, but eventually they all got to work.  Today, with nests apparently complete, the whole colony (about a dozen by my count) set out hunting.  Given the docile temperament of these big wasps, I was able to lay right next to several of the nest holes and observe the action up close.  I was interesting to see that one of them came in with what I believe is a Roesel’s Katydid, not a species I’ve counted in my yard before.
Hope you enjoy the photos.
How you want your letter signed:  Deborah

Great Golden Digger Wasp with prey

Dear Deborah,
As always, your images are stunning.  Through the years, you have demonstrated a fondness and appreciation of insects, and we really want to acknowledge that the colony of Great Golden Digger Wasps that nested in your yard is very lucky they chose your property for their home.  We shutter to think what a fearful individual might have done to these docile and beautiful wasps.  For that reason, we are tagging this posting with the Bug Humanitarian Award.  Based on images posted to BugGuide, we concur that the prey in one image appears to be an immature male Roesel’s Katydid.

Female Great Golden Digger Wasp with immature male Roesel’s Katydid prey

Thank you!  I feel very honored!  Discovering the world of insects has been such a wonderful journey for me, and you have helped me so much along the way.

 

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Subject:  Giant Grasshopper
Geographic location of the bug:  Tilaran, Costa Rica
Date: 06/12/2018
Time: 08:14 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Please identify this cricket. I found it in the garden. It was very big for a grashopper (more than 10cm)
How you want your letter signed:  Johannes

Katydid

Dear Johannes,
This is not a Grasshopper, nor is it a Cricket.  It is a Katydid, a member of the same insect order, Orthoptera.  Katydids have long, slender antennae which distinguishes them from Grasshoppers.  We have not had any luck making a species identification for you, but this female’s ovipositor is quite spectacular, which should help in the eventual identification.

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Subject:  Rare in my garden
Geographic location of the bug:  Abejorral, Colombia
Date: 06/11/2018
Time: 12:15 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, this handsome guy come to visit on November to February to my house. What is that?
How you want your letter signed:  Claudia

Lichen Katydid

Dear Claudia,
The beautiful lacy pattern on this Lichen Katydid,
Markia hystrix, allows it to be perfectly camouflaged on mosses and lichens that are often found growing in its habitat.  You can view additional images on Project Noah.

Lichen Katydid

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