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Subject: insect i.d.
Location: T/Saugerties, C/Ulster, New York
August 3, 2017 7:46 pm
I found this insect in swimming pool in Saugerties, Ulster County, New York. It has green translucent wings; green katydid-like legs; size 1-½ to 2”; striped abdomen; and that other green thing (ovipositer?) underneath.
Your thoughts on the i.d. are appreciated.
Signature: Thank you, Arnette

Female Katydid

Dear Arnette,
This is definitely a female Katydid, and that is definitely an ovipositor.  We believe this is a Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia.  Because it drowned in the pool, the appearance of the abdomen, including the stripes, might be due to water absorption.

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Subject: Grasshopper or what?
Location: Guadiaro, Cadiz
July 11, 2017 11:44 am
This little creature is sitting in the sun on the railings. Is unusual in size and colouring. Any ideas as to species?
Signature: Ken

Female Bush Cricket

Dear Ken,
This is a flightless female Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae, commonly called a Bush Cricket in Europe, but we are having a problem narrowing down the genus and species.  You can tell she is a female by her ovipositor on the tip of her abdomen, but the position of that ovipositor oriented under her body is very unusual.  Most female Bush Crickets have the ovipositor extending past the end of the body.  We cannot locate any similar images online at this time with this unusual backward ovipositor.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide an identification.  Perhaps as in this FlickR image, the Katydid in your image has curved her body because she is in the act of beginning to lay eggs, though we don’t believe that is the case because this image on Minden Pictures of a Saddle-Back Bush Cricket from the genus
Ephippiger laying eggs does not have such a backward facing ovipositor.

Female Bush Cricket

Piotr Naskrecki provides an identification.
Hi Daniel,
This is a female of Uromenus (Tettigoniidae: Ephippigerinae). The forward facing ovipositor means that she is simply probing the substrate to find a good place to lay eggs. At all other times the ovipositor is held in a typical, back-facing position.

Ed. Note:  Grasshoppers of EuropeBased on Piotr Naskrecki’s identification, we were able to locate this image from Cadiz on Invertebrados Insectarium Virtual.  When it comes to Katydids, there is often much color variation within a species.  Members of this genus are also represented on .

Dear Daniel
Many thanks for your comments and I am looking up the various links to understand a little more.
Thanks again

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Subject: assassin bug
Location: Carroll County, Maryland
July 1, 2017 9:49 am
green assassin bug with striped antennae. Can’t find it, even on the Maryland Biodiversity Project page.
Signature: Mary

Immature Bush Katydid

Dear Mary,
This is NOT an Assassin Bug.  It is a Bush Katydid nymph.

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Subject: Cricket
Location: Lesbos
June 28, 2017 1:15 pm
You were kind enough to identify some insects on Lesbos for me some time ago. I have now been back to Lesbos and have s few more for you. I hope to use these in a talk I have been asked to do for an RSPB group and would appreciate your help as I have been unable to identify them on line,
Signature: William Smiton

Bush Cricket

Dear William,
This is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and the common name Bush Cricket is frequently used in Europe.  The individual in your image is a male, and the wings are either not fully developed or they do not permit a mature individual to fly.  We are having a bit of difficulty identifying the species.  This individual on Getty Images looks similar, but it is only identified to the family, and it is a female as evidenced by her ovipositor.  There is an endemic species of Bush Cricket on Lesbos,
Poecilimon mytelensis, and it is pictured on Pbase, but it looks like a different species to us, but again, it is a female.  The male pictured on Minden Pictures does not have wings, so we suspect your individual is a different species, but we are having problems finding images of Bush Crickets on Lesbos other than Poecilimon mytelensis that are identified to the species level.  This FlickR image looks close, but again, no species name.  So, this is a Bush Cricket in the family Tettigoniidae, but we do not believe it is the endemic Poecilimon mytelensis.


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Subject: Orthopteran? Coleoptera?
Location: Virginia coast, Chesapeake bay, U.S.
June 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Photo taken east coast U.S. near Chesapeake bay, virginia
Signature: Joe

Please disregard previous identification request — I found out the insect in question is a katydid, scudderia-genus nymph

Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Joe,
Your image of a Bush Katydid nymph is just too cute to disregard, so we posted it.

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Subject: Stumped on this one…
Location: Northern Illinois
June 6, 2017 8:36 am
Left my water bottle on the ground while I was doing some work outside, came back to find this on the lid. I’ve looked around but I can’t figure out what it is, any ideas?
Signature: Sara

Recently Hatched Katydid

Dear Sara,
This is a recently hatched Katydid, but we are not certain of the genus or species.  We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month when our editorial staff is away on holiday.

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