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shield back?
These long-horned grasshoppers or katydids were near a pond opening in an Oregon fir forest — north coast range area. Can you ID from the photos? They were plentiful. Photos taken July 15, 2006. Thanks,

Hi Lona,
This is a Keeled Shield-Back Katydid, Neduba carinata. They are found in coastal areas from California to British Columbia.

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giant central texas hopper – not listed on your site !!!!
sorry to learn of your email problems and hope they are solved so you can check this one out. This guy was more than two inches long and walked around like a cat. Only saw this one and have not seen one since (near the middle of June) I did have a co worker say he saw one about 40 miles from me – that’s it – no other sitings. Whatsthatbug?????????????????
vic vreeland

Hi Vic,
We have several photos on our site of the Greater Arid-Land Predaceous Katydid, Neobarrettia spinosa, but they are posted on our Katydid page, not the Grasshopper page. This specimen is a male.

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Link TO your site
Hi Bugman,
I wanted to drop you a line to tell you thanks for the information you provide. I ran across your site while trying to ID some insects, and have been back several times in the last 2 weeks. Keep up the good work! I’ve added a link to your site from mine, and hope you don’t mind. Since I’m part of a large online community, I felt others would enjoy visiting you as much as I do. However, if there’s any problem please advise. Enclosed is a shot of a Katydid nymph I was able to identify because of other photos you have. Just thought I’d send it along, and hope you like it. Thanks again,

Hi Tom,
We are flattered that you would like to link to us. Please warn your readers that we really are swamped and can only answer a fraction of the requests we receive. Thanks for sending the wonderful immature Katydid image.

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I found this thing on my front porch where my giant stick bugs usually rest; I am not sure what it is. Can you help?

Hi Wayne,
We just receive a second letter from Texas that inquired about this insect, but your photo is better. The other person also mentioned large Walkingsticks, so we are guessing you are also from Texas. This impressive creature is a Greater Arid-Land Predaceous Katydid, Neobarrettia spinosa, one of the Shieldbacked Katydids.. It is a female, identified by the spikelike ovipositor. Perhaps she is where the Walkingsticks normally sit because she is eating them. We are printing Dawn’s letter below because it is so descriptive.

(06/15/2006) Large Katydid?
I’m in central Texas and we’ve been invaded by what I believe are large Katydid’s, although I couldn’t find any exactly like these on your site (or any other). Attached are two pictures of the same bug. It measures about 4 inches in length and has very red eyes. It’s the size and the red eyes that don’t seem to match any other picture I’ve been able to find. Can you confirm what it is? We also have very large (7 inches) walking sticks this time of year, which I’d be glad to send pictures of if you’re interested. Thanks so much.
Dawn Jones
Dale, Texas

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Hoover Dam bug
What is this bug? I found it on top of Hoover dam. Thanks,
Mariette Maus

Hi Mariette,
This is a Creosote Bush Katydid, Insara covilleae. It surely is a colorful specimen.

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I LOVE your site, bugs are fascinating
Dear wtb,
Here is a lovely winged green thingie we had on our porch in Anguilla. We called him our Leaf Bug, as we don’t know what he is. Size about 2.5 inches long. And here is a spider who just hung out by our front door. She was about 3 inches from her left to right legs. I did see on your tick page that the last picture sent in by Simon, is a female deer tick. We have them everywhere here on Cape Cod, and if there are deer around, if you get bitten, you most likely will get Lyme disease. My husband just got over Lyme disease, had to be on antibiotics for a year! Darcy’s picture above it is an immature dog or wood tick, these rarely carry Lyme disease, but do carry Rocky Mt. Fever and Tularemia, and other co-infections. If there is anything you want to know about ticks, I unfortunately know too much. Great site you have!
Thank you,
Jane Carter

Hi Jane,
Thanks for the compliments. Your Leaf Bug is a Katydid. We are wondering if the spider was also in Anguilla or in Cape Cod. We suspect Anguilla. This is a type of Huntsman Spider, also called Giant Crab Spiders. We have never seen an orange one before. Thanks for the tick info.

Hi WTB people,
Thank you! A Katydid, that is neat. He was a very cute critter. Yes, the Orange Huntsman spider was in Anguilla too, the critters loved to hang out on the porch. I think they valued the shade, and also we washed off our snorkel gear on the steps and then poured the water on the flowers, so there was always clean fresh water there for them. And the chickens couldn’t reach them up on the side. Chickens eat anything, and the bugs must know that.

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