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Subject: Maybe a kind of tarantula hawk?
Location: 48Q3GGC2+M3
March 28, 2017 6:57 am
I found it in a friend’s garden situated in San Isidro, Provincia de Buenos Aires, Argentina. I would like to know what kind of insect it is.
Signature: Ricardo Barba

Katydid

Dear Ricardo,
This is NOT a Tarantula Hawk.  It is a Katydid, and it is either immature or a flightless species.  The ovipositor on the tip of the abdomen indicates this is a female.  This species is not illustrated on Foto Fauna.  It appears to be the same species as this unidentified individual in our archives from a 2006 posting.

Hi Daniel! Thank you very much for such a fast response. Amazing insect! I’m glad that now I know what it is.
Have a great week!!
Ricardo.

Thanks Ricardo,
We love getting Argentine insects for identification.

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Subject: Unknown Insect
Location: Eastern Slope of the Andes, Sumaco region, Ecuador
March 16, 2017 5:47 am
On 1st March I was in the Foothills of the Andes on the eastern slope, in the country of Ecuador. An area known as Sumaco at an altitude of 4500′. I saw this insect, a cricket? and was surprised by its colours. Can you please identify it for me and Scientific name if possible. Thanks. Moira
Signature: Moira

Unknown Katydid

Dear Moira,
With the yellow markings on its face, antennae and legs, and the blue coloration on its wings, we thought we would have an easy time identifying this gorgeous Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae would be an easy internet identification, but alas, we have had no luck.  We searched the pages of Insetologia from Brazil as well as other sources.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki and we will also enlist the assistance of our readership.

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Subject: Arrival?
Location: Los Angeles
February 27, 2017 7:37 pm
At first glance from a distance I thought the subject of the attached photo was some sort of caterpillar hanging out on the corner of a gate post in our backyard. But when it didn’t move I got a closer look and found what appears to be two very neat rows of… eggs? As usual I will appreciate any guidance you might be able to offer.
Signature: Will Campbell

Katydid Eggs

Dear Will,
These are the eggs of a Katydid, most likely one of the Angle Wing Katydids that are quite common in Los Angeles.  See this BugGuide image.

Once again What’s That Bug rocks! Thank you so much, Daniel.
-Will

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Subject: Just for an Information
Location: Sivaganga(District), Tamil Nadu(State), India
February 21, 2017 3:26 am
This bug is like an Ant in the basic view,
But its back legs look like a grasshopper but it does’nt jump like grasshoppers,
Has a lengthy Antenna and the work same like a Cockroach’s antenna,
Slow moving and i saw only one, not a group, and i fount it under a Neem Tree,
The bug looks somewhat shy, unlike other ants it has viewing capability
I found this at a small village in south Tamilnadu, South India
Just Shared this to spread an information and knowledge,
These photos were taken solely by me only.
Thank you
Signature: Arun Kumar

Katydid Nymph

Dear Arun,
We believe this is a Katydid Nymph, and it is an excellent ant mimic.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to get his opinion.  Alamy has an image of an Ant Mimic Katydid from Australia.

Katydid Nymph

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Subject: Orthoptera identification
Location: Mexico Chiapas
February 20, 2017 10:24 am
HI,
I recently purchased this specimen. It came with no name, other than Orthoptera ssp. The location on the collection data did indicate Mexico Chiapas. It’s quite beautiful. Anyone know what the genus and species name is?
Thanks!!
Signature: Bug Lady

Katydid

Dear Bug Lady,
Your file is labeled as “Grasshopper” but this is actually a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae.  We believe Katydids sometimes lose their color after death, so many bright green species appear quite faded as mounted specimens.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a species name for you.

Thank you!! Any help is greatly appreciated!
Katja Hilton
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Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is Moncheca pretiosa (Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae: Copiphorini).
Cheers,
Piotr
Piotr Naskrecki, Ph. D.
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Ed. Note:  As we suspected, the living Moncheca pretiosa we have in our archives is much more beautiful than the mounted specimen.

Thank you so much…Wow, they really do fade!
Katja Hilton

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Subject: Grasshopper Id
Location: Zone 8b
February 17, 2017 3:44 pm
Hi I would like to do a little post on this insect on my blog.I think it’s some kind of grasshopper,I snapped this picture in my state of Oregon zone 8b.I have never seen another so I only have one picture.Thank You Lindsey
Signature: Lindsey Hightower

Steindachner’s Shieldback

Dear Lindsey,
We are pretty confident we have correctly identified your Shieldback Katydid as Steindachner’s Shieldback thanks to this BugGuide image.  According to BugGuide, the habitat is “Woodlands, meadows, deserts”, the food is “Foliage of trees, shrubs” and “Eggs laid in late summer, cemented to plant stems, these overwinter; one generation per year.”

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