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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.

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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.”


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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.
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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.”

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Subject:  What’s on my Woody Plant?
Location:  Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
Dear What’s That Bug?
I spotted a crazy bug eating a spider on my woody plant. I know this isn’t the best picture (attached), it was at dusk and I was using the light of a headlamp and an iPhone, but hopefully you can decipher what’s happening.
Stacked Up in Mt. Washington,
Max Yield

Immature Orthopteran eats Spider on Woody Plant

Dear Max Yield,
This is a Longhorned Orthopteran nymph from the suborder Ensifera, and having it living on your woody plant might not be the best long term plan.  You don’t want spiders getting eaten as they are predatory and beneficial, and the Orthopteran is likely an omnivore that will eventually eat leaves and possibly even buds.  We suspect this is some species of Katydid, and young nymphs like this can be difficult to correctly identify to the species level. In our own garden, we allow Katydids to eat rose blossoms, but you might not want anything to reduce your maximum yield.  We enjoy the sound of the Katydids at night in our garden, so we would not harm this very young, possibly second instar nymph, but we would not think twice about relocating it elsewhere in the garden as they are not especially particular about what plants they eat.  Since creating our What’s on my Woody Plant? tag, we have gotten some flack from our Facebook followers.  On August 8, Nancy Barlow wrote “Get some new material…. not funny any longer….”  Within an hour and a half, Amy Holder wrote:  “Yeah im over the woody plant coverage as well. There are other sites dude can post and show off all his weed. Gtfo.”  We didn’t know that “get the fuck out” had an acronym until we looked it up.  We can’t believe that people who follow us think that being funny is our prime objective or that we are interested in showing off weed.  We attempt to identify insects and things that crawl, and we occasionally devote tags to specific groups of plants with robust Arthropod populations, including the Milkweed Meadow and the Goldenrod Meadow.  Furthermore, we believe in the malleability of the English language, and using regional terms has a certain charm.  We would never disparage anyone who used the terms herb or mota.

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Subject: Possible grasshopper?
Location: Camden county, Georgia
August 3, 2017 12:57 pm
This was found in my front yard. I have found pictures of tan grasshoppers, but not with the black stripe by the head.
Signature: Stephanie

American Shieldback Katydid

Dear Stephanie,
Katydids resemble Grasshoppers and they are classified together in the same order Orthoptera, and they can be distinguished from one another because Katydids have much longer antennae.  We believe we have correctly identified your individual as an American Shieldback Katydid,
Atlanticus americanus, thanks to this Bugguide image.  According to BugGuide it is a:  “Predator and scavenger of other insects, but will also feed on live vegetation.”

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