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Subject: Orthoptera identification
Location: Mexico Chiapas
February 20, 2017 10:24 am
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?
Signature: Bug Lady


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
Amazing & Beautiful Butterflies

Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is Moncheca pretiosa (Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae: Copiphorini).
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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Subject: Can you ID this one??
Location: Boquete, Panama
February 13, 2017 7:41 am
Good Morning!
We are currently living in Boquete, Panama. Found this guy on my fence rail yesterday afternoon. Can’t find any info on it. If you could give me a name that would be great.
Signature: Susan

Female Katydid

Dear Susan,
Though we are posting all of your images, had we to choose a single image, it would be the lateral view that really displays the distinctive dark orange-brown ovipositor on this magnificent female Katydid.  The coloration is quite different, but it is not too dissimilar from this Moss Mimic Katydid from Costa Rica in our archives.  This immature individual on Project Noah also shares many similarities.  We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a species name.


Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification
Hi Daniel,
This is Acanthodis curvidens, (Pseudophylinae).
Piotr Naskrecki, Ph. D.
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University

Ed. Note:  We did find this image of a male on FlickR.  Here is another FlickR  image.




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Subject: Cricket in Turkey
Location: Turkey , Olu Deniz, Aegean Area (coastal)
February 12, 2017 12:09 pm
Hi, I was hoping you could identify this bug.
These were taken in May 2010
Signature: Ian Smith

Female Saddlebacked Bush Cricket

Dear Ian,
How marvelous that you were able to provide us with images of both a female (with the curved ovipositor at the tip of her abdomen) and a male Saddlebacked Bush Cricket in the genus
Ephippiger, probably E. ephippiger.  According to Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, they are from a very primitive lineage.

Male Saddlebacked Bush Cricket

Wow thanks Daniel for that very prompt reply !
I assumed it was a cricket but I haven’t been able to find an image online which even comes close to looking like mine (colours).  I guess there must be lots of “flavours” ! J
Thanks again

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Subject: Canberra, Australia Insect
Location: Canberra Australia
February 1, 2017 4:05 am
I’m hoping you can help identify what kind of Insect I found on my Lemon Tree.
The closest family I can discern are the Stick insects, but the fused wing case throws me off.
There is a few pictures in my Flickr album, but I think this is the best.
Hope you can help,
Signature: Kai Squires

Australian Pollen Feeding Katydid

Dear Kai,
We doubt that this is a Stick Insect, and we believe it is a Longhorned Orthopteran in the suborder Ensifera, possibly one of the Tree Crickets which you can find pictured on the Discover Life site.  The ovipositor indicates your individual is a female.  Two Spotted Tree Crickets have a similar roll wing appearance.  We may try to contact Piotr Naskrecki who specializes in Katydids to see if he knows the identity of your very unusual Orthopteran.  We suspect we may get comments from our readership on this identification today.

Fantastic thank you.
I did feel the ovipositor was very cricket,grasshopper like, but nothing else was.
Thanks, k.

Update:  Australian Pollen Feeding Katydid
Cesar Crash and Matthew both wrote comments that this is Zaprochilus australis, commonly called the Pollen Katydid.  The Atlas of Living Australia indicates it is a member of the Katydid family Tettigoniidae, does not provide a common name but indicates:  “At rest by day, these katydids camouflage themselves as twigs. They lie lengthways along a small branch, with antennae pointing directly forwards and hind legs pointing backwards. They hold their wings at a distinctive angle from the body, with the fore wings ‘rolled’ so that they are almost cylindrical. If disturbed, a purple patch is revealed at the base of the hind wings. At night, they fly to flowers to feed on nectar and pollen, using their specialised lengthened mouthparts to reach deep into flowers and using specialised molar plates to crush pollen grains. They have a preference for grass-trees but visit many other flowers. Adults are active from late winter and early summer. Males have a simple stridulatory file and produce a simple, barely audible call to attract mates. Females lay their eggs in crevices in bark.”  Csiro provides the common names Twig-Mimicking Katydid and Australian Pollen Feeding Katydid.  According to BunyipCo:  “As an aside that might be of interest,
Zaprochilus australis (Brullé) is one of the earliest described species of Australian Orthoptera. The first specimen was collected on an expedition authorised by Napoleon Bonaparte that comprised two vessels, one, Le Géographe the other Le Naturaliste. The former ship was captained by Capt. Nicholas Baudin, the purported collector of the type of the species on Kangaroo Island, South Australia in 1802 or, perhaps, in 1803 when another ship, the Casuarina returned there. This species is the most widespread of the genus and occurs across the southern end of the continent and seems quite abundant at times.”

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Subject: Koringkriek
Location: 25 km before Colesberg area
December 27, 2016 12:48 pm
We found this koring krieket at our overnight stay coming back from Betties Bay.
Signature: Hendrik



Dear Hendrik,
Your Koringkriek image is a marvelous documentation of this South African Katydid.  According to Piotr Nakrecki of The Smaller Majority:  “Despite their bulky appearance and scary-looking armature, these wonderful katydids are, like most insects, completely harmless. Their spikes and horns are nothing more than protection against birds and lizards, and can only be used to make their body more difficult to swallow – they cannot jab, poke, or cut anybody with their armor. The katydids’ only other defense is reflexive bleeding, quite similar to that seen in oil beetles that I recently wrote about. But unlike the beetles, whose blood contains deadly cantharidin, that of the katydids is not toxic. And, in contrast to other katydids who sometimes try to nibble you if handled, armored katydids never, ever bite, no matter how roughly they are treated.”

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