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Subject:  Locust in Peru
Geographic location of the bug:  Amazon jungle of Peru
Date: 11/14/2017
Time: 04:16 PM EDT
Beautiful bug, a kind of locust or similar, but I can’t identificate it.
The photo was on august 2009.
Thanks for helping.
How you want your letter signed:  Ferran Lizana

Crayola Katydid

Dear Ferran,
The blue and red legs on this Katydid are very distinctive.  We found a very similar looking individual posted to Alamy that is identified as a Crayola Katydid,
Vestria species, but the abdomen appears to be striped unlike your individual.  Gil Wizen, entomologist and photographer has a similar image posted to his site and he writes:  “As adults, the Vestria katydids take a different look completely. They are no longer flat and look like the huntsman spiders. In this stage they are known as rainbow katydids or crayola katydids because of their striking coloration, which is an advertisement of their chemical defense against predators.  When provoked, Vestria katydids curl their body and hunker down, revealing a brightly colored abdomen. They also expose a scent gland from their last abdominal tergum and release a foul odor that is easily detectable from a close distance. Different species of Vestria have different odors, and from my personal experience I can attest that some species smell as bitter as bad almonds while others smell like a ripe peaches. The compounds released are pyrazines, and there is evidence that this chemical defense is effective against mammalian predators such as monkeys. While many katydids have bright aposematic coloration, Vestria species are one of the only examples of katydids successfully deploying chemical defense against predators, making them distasteful. But don’t listen to me, I actually like peaches.”  Terry Wild Stock Photography has an image of an individual from the genus that most closely resembles your individual.  

Oooh!! You are great!!
What a strange species, I’m very happy to had been taken this picture!!

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Subject:  Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Perth, western Australia
Date: 11/05/2017
Time: 12:23 AM EDT
Hi, I am from Guildford in Western Australia. Today we found this insect in our yard and were wondering if you could help identify it.
It is 4cm long and doesn’t seem to jump.
We haven’t seen anything like this around before.
How you want your letter signed:  Teneale Williams

Possibly Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Teneale,
This is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, and it might be a Shielbacked Katydid, but it is difficult for us to be certain based on this ventral view.  Since it is clearly in captivity, are you able to provide a dorsal view?

Thanks here’s the dorsal.
I just noticed his wings. Is he a baby?

Unknown female Katydid

Thanks for sending another image.  We can tell you that based on the curved ovipositor at the tip of the abdomen, that this is a female.  The wings might indicate she is immature, but many Katydids are flightless and have only vestigial wings.  We will contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki for species identification assistance.

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Subject:  Three bugs to identify
Geographic location of the bug:  Kayakoy village, Turkey (near Fethiye)- taken in May
Date: 11/01/2017
Time: 08:27 PM EDT
Could you please help me identify these three bugs I snapped while walking around the deserted village of Kayakoy in the hills between Fethiye and Oludeniz. (These are cropped images- the last two are incredibly well camouflaged in the full shots.)
How you want your letter signed:  Nick

Saddlebacked Bush Cricket

Dear Nick,
Your first image is of a Saddlebacked Bush Cricket in the genus Ephippiger, and your second image is of a Mantid.  Your third image is an Orthopteran, but the image is so closely cropped that you have eliminated helpful features, including the antennae and the legs.  It might be a predatory Bush Cricket,
Saga pedo, a species profiled on Alamy, and another member of the genus Saga natoliae, is reported from Turkey and is pictured on The Smaller Majority. Saga pedo is also pictured on Wonders at our Feet where it states:  “Description: It is a wingless bush cricket, with the body size of up to 12 centimetres (4.7 in), which makes it one of the largest European insects. It has strong fore and mid legs, equipped with sharp spines. Biology : Colloquially known as the predatory bush cricket, it is uncommon among its kind due to its carnivorous lifestyle, most often preying on smaller insects, with a known tendency towards cannibalism as well. When these animals are hunting, they move about, catching their prey by suddenly leaping on them and grabbing them with their legs. Their prey is usually killed by biting into the throat, and eating is done at capture. Saga pedo is active at dusk and during nighttime, with activity slowly expanding through the day at the end of the season.   Adults are eaten by birds, insectivores, rodents, lizards, frogs, and toads. Nymphs are eaten by spiders, scorpions, centipedes, and preying insects.  The female attains sexual maturity three two four weeks after hatching and starts laying eggs. A single egg is deposited by stabbing the long, sharp ovipositor into the soil at a suitable site.The female will lay from twenty- five to eighty eggs. Development depends largely on the ambient temperature. At 20°C or more, the eggs start to develop immediately, the nymphs hatching after approximately 40 to 85 days (again depending on the temperature). At colder conditions, the eggs enter diapause, which is a delay in development and can result in the eggs remaining buried for up to five years (mostly two to three). After hatching, which occurs around May, the nymphs go through six or seven instars before attaining sexual maturity, and live for four to six months after that.  Saga pedo is also uncommon in that it mostly reproduces asexually, with parthenogenesis. The population therefore appears to consist solely of females and there is no reliable record of a male of this species. They also have the largest number of chromosomes among members of the genus Saga – 68 – and are probably tetraploid.”  We are going to contact Piotr Naskrecki, a Katydid expert, to get his input.  Can you please send the uncropped image before we attempt any further research?

Predatory Bush Cricket

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Subject:  Update on our 25,000th Posting
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Date:  10/28/2017
Time:  10:00 PM
Three weeks ago we went live with our 25,000th posting, and the female California Mantis that has been living on our porch light is still there.  We don’t know if she mated with the male from that posting, or ate him, or if he just flew off, but she is swelling.  We know she is eating well.  We have seen her eating a Painted Tiger Moth and we watched her catch another moth, but yesterday evening, we arrived home to find her feasting on a female Scudder’s Bush Katydid that was attracted to the light.  It seems she is ready to begin producing oothecae, and we can’t decide if we should relocate her to a shrub, or leave her and let nature take its course, but as the weather begins to cool, we fear she is nearing the end of her life and we hope she produces progeny.

Mantis Eats Katydid (image courtesy of Susan Lutz)


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Subject:  Insect eggs
Geographic location of the bug:  Oklahoma City,  Oklahoma
Date: 10/08/2017
Time: 02:07 PM EDT
Hi! I have searuched and searched but cannot find out what these are. Found then on a leaf of my Schefflera arboricola, outside on back patio.  They are hard and about .5mm. Please help! Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Brenda Horn

Katydid Eggs

Dear Brenda,
These are Katydid EggsKatydids are relatives of Grasshoppers and Crickets that are among the greatest musicians in the insect world.

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Subject:  Unknown egg deposits
Geographic location of the bug:  Riverside County, California
Date: 10/05/2017
Time: 01:54 PM EDT
I have found what are apparently eggs deposited on my containerized blueberry plants in Inland Empire California. I observed no apparent adult responsible, but as you can see there is both stem and leaf damage. The web is from a spider that is presently throughout my gardens. Would appreciate any identification guidance, and any tips for management in the instance that this vector may damage crops.
Incidentally we have not previously observed these eggs in this area.
How you want your letter signed:  Agricola

Katydid Eggs

Dear Agricola,
These are Katydid Eggs, and we believe they are most likely Angle-Wing Katydid Eggs based on this BugGuide image.  Many young Katydids are omnivorous and they might help control other insect pests that are found on your plants, but Katydids also eat leaves and flowers.  They are rarely plentiful enough to do any permanent damage to plants, but tell that to a rose grower whose prize bud gets chewed by a Katydid.  We tolerate Katydids in our own garden as we enjoy the “music” provided by the adult insects.

Awesome! Thanks for the feedback. I’ll be listening for their cousins!
Thx/ GEO
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