Currently viewing the category: "Katydids"
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What’s this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Date: 09/01/2017
Time: 07:23 AM EDT
Hi Mr Bug Man,
Please identify for us this bug. We found many of them laying on the sidewalk one day during the monsoon season.
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks, Susan


Dear Susan,
Your request has been on our back burner since we received it.  Alas, we have tried unsuccessfully several times to identify this Orthopteran, but it does look familiar to us.  It is quite distinctive looking with its gaudy camouflage markings.  Perhaps one of our readers will have better luck than we have had.

Update:  September 5, 2017
Thanks to Cesar Crash of Insetologia who identified this Katydid as
Parasanaa donovani, a species we had in our archives.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What’s this crazy bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Cle Elum, Washington 98922
August 25, 2017 3:57 pm
Saw this bug yesterday. The long thing at the tail end of the bug is like a spike which the bug forces into the ground… it then wiggles, lifts the spike and then moves forward a few inches and does it again. Almost as if it is laying eggs at a depth of an inch or so into the ground. I have video of this process if you want it.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott

Female Mormon Cricket

Dear Scott,
Your speculation about your observations is correct.  This is a female Mormon Cricket, which we verified thanks to this BugGuide image, and she was using her spiky ovipositor to lay eggs in the ground.  According to BugGuide:  “Common name refers to invasion of agricultural lands farmed by Mormon settlers in the Great Salt Lake Basin in the 19th century, especially an outbreak in 1848.”  BugGuide also states:  “Eggs may lay dormant in soil for a number of years, and then many may hatch in an area in the same season when conditions are ideal. Eggs hatch in spring when soil becomes warm enough, with adults often present by as early as late May (depending upon local conditions), and usually most abundant as adults in June and July. Most are generally gone by sometime in August or September, but some may live until the first freezes of autumn. If swarming occurs, it is usually most prominent early in the season, made up of nymphs and/or young adults. Later in the season (usually by August) swarms tend to break up, and older adults tend to become more sedentary. However, timing may vary a great deal from place to place and year to year, depending upon weather conditions.”  BugGuide further explains:  “Though flightless, this species can form migratory swarms or ‘bands’ that travel on foot, eating almost anything (both plant and sometimes small animal) in their paths, and have been significantly destructive to rangeland and crops at times. Swarming occurs primarily in the Wyoming Basin, Colorado Plateaus, Great Basin, and Columbia Plateau. In the Sierras, Rockies, and other higher mountain areas, and on the northern Great Plains, individuals average smaller, are usually non-migratory, and coloring is commonly of lighter colors (often tan or green). Individuals in bands are most commonly of a deep brown, often nearly black color.”


What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: cricket or katydid?
Location: Fort Bragg, CA
August 15, 2017 9:07 am
I came across this cricket or katydid in my field in Fort Bragg California. I tried identifying it using online resources, but haven’t found anything that looks like what I found. It has very long stripped antennae, a shield behind its head and a lovely brown and mottled grey color. I have attached two photos of it sitting on my arm.
Signature: Thanks, Jill

Shield-Backed Katydid

Dear Jill,
This is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the genus
Neduba, as you can see by comparing your individual to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Eggs laid in late summer, cemented to plant stems, these overwinter; one generation per year.”  Your individual is a male.  Female have long ovipositors.

Shield-Backed Katydid

Dear Daniel,
Thanks so much for the ID. Yep, that looks like my guy. So beautiful.
What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject: What’s this bug?!
Location: UK
August 10, 2017 5:57 am
Hi Bugman, I’ve been looking on google to identify this as at first I thought it was a grasshopper but have found nothing similar to the “claw” on its abdomen.
I found the bug in the midlands in the UK. We have a relatively cloudy climate, but it’s been very sunny lately.
Signature: Thank you! Sev

Female Oak Bush Cricket

Dear Sev,
The “claw” is actually the ovipositor used by this female Ensiferan to lay her eggs.  In North America, these are called Katydids, and in Europe they are called Bush Crickets.  We believe your individual is an Oak Bush Cricket, 
Meconema thalassinum, which we identified on Insects and other Arthropods.  We also found the species represented on BugGuide where it is called a Drumming Katydid, and according to BugGuide, the range is  “Southern New England and British Columbia” but it “has been introduced from Europe.”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination