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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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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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