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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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Subject:  Oblong Winked Katydid eating dried up minnow?
Geographic location of the bug:  Evergreen Park Illinois
Date: 09/14/2017
Time: 02:28 PM EDT
I had a minnow die on me so I put it on the yew just to see if any yellow jackets would come by and feed on it. Fast forward about a week and I saw what I believe is an Oblong-Winged Katydid chewing on the dried up minnow. Guess she needed some protein in her diet!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks!

Katydid eats Minnow

Though most Katydids are thought of as plant eaters, there are many omnivorous species.  Your image indicates that they may be opportunistic, feeding on animal protein when it is available.  We actually believe your Katydid is a Bush Katydid in the genus Scudderia, and the ovipositor indicates it is a female.

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Subject:  Egg or Parasite?
Geographic location of the bug:  Andover, New Jersey
Date:  09/11/2017
Time: 06:24 PM EDT
Location:  Hi Daniel,
Hope you don’t mind a direct email?  I was out in my garden this morning and spotted two adult katydids on some sunflowers.  The female had what I initially took to be eggs on her abdomen; but now I wonder if this may be some sort of parasite?  The images I found of katydid eggs looked much flatter than whatever she’s got.  Am enclosing several shots, including one showing both male and female.  Any wisdom much appreciated!
Deborah Bifulco

Two Bush Katydids

Dear Deborah,
Receiving submissions using our standard form is always preferable because it makes posting submissions to our site much easier, but we never ignore direct emails if there is interesting content we wish to post, like this submission.  What we do not like are direct email submissions with ten different identification requests combined with no information relative to any particular image.  Submissions like that generally go directly into the trash.  These are Bush Katydids in the genus
Scudderia, probably the Northern Bush Katydid, Scudderia septentrionalis which is pictured on BugGuide.  Though the shallow depth of field resulted in the background individual being rendered out of focus, we believe the ovipositor is visible, indicating both Katydids are female.  Here is a BugGuide image of a male Northern Bush Katydid.  We do not believe the phenomenon you documented is related to parasitism.  What you have documented might be eggs, but we are not certain.  We have some images of a Bush Katydid laying eggs in our archives, but there is a pronounced lack of detail visible.  The Smaller Majority site has some wonderful images of a female Bush Katydid laying eggs.  Here is a BugGuide image of the eggs.  Insects sometimes expel fluids shortly after metamorphosis, and that is another possibility.  We apologize for not providing you with a conclusive response.

Close-up of Bush Katydid Ovipositor

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