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What kind is this?
Took this picture in Real County and don’t know what kind of grasshopper it is , It
was very long about 4 inches.

Hi Bev,
This is a Greater Arid Land Predaceous Katydid, Neobarrettia spinosa, a female recognizeable by her stingerlike ovipositor. There is a dramatic account of them on BugGuide.

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question and some pictures for you
I discovered your site today trying to find information on what I now know is a whiptail scorpion I saw in Mexico. My question is regarding daddy long legs. I know what most people refer to as daddy long legs aren’t actually spiders. But I hear and read conflicting information that there is a true grand daddy long leg spider that is the most poisonous spider. Is there any truth to this? I love photography and here are some "bug" pictures I would like to share with you. I will have to search my files and see if I can find others. One more question. What is the bug on the flower?

Tailless WhipscorpionImmature Katydid

Hi Laura,
Your Tailless Whipscorpion is so cuddly. The insect on the flower is an immature Katydid. We haven’t heard of the poisonous Daddy Long Legs you have referred to.

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katydid diet
Hi Bugman,
My husband and I have been adopted by what I believe is a katydid (photos below). S/he’s missing a back leg but otherwise seems okay and has been living on our patio for the past two days. I’ve been feeding our new friend romaine and “spring mix” lettuces, which s/he consumes with great enthusiasm. Still, I am wondering what his/her native diet might be … There are no plants on our patio, and I would like to feed this elegant insect whatever food to which s/he is accustomed. Also, s/he spends the night inside of a little, open-ended box I provided — crawling inside of it on her/his own shortly after sunset, albeit *very* slowly, as though affected by the cooler evening temperatures… So, also, if you have information regarding this creature’s temperature requirements for optimal metabolism, I would appreciate it. This may sound odd, but we’re becoming fond of our little friend and would like to keep it happy and healthy for as long as it chooses to stay with us.
Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving,
Kelly Neill
San Diego, CA (beach area)

Hi Kelly,
Yours is the second rescue letter we are posting today. This is a Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid, Scudderia mexicana. Your specimen looks like a female. The diet you are supplying is fine. Katydids eat foliage from many trees and shrubs. In our Mt. Washington garden, they are plentiful now and have a fondness for chewing rose petals and buds, which doesn’t make us happy. We don’t kill them as we love Katydids, but we shoo them off of our rose bushes with a hose. Usually they fly into the pine trees and return to the roses the next day. Temperature wise, they will survive the cooler winter temperatures, but they have a life expectancy of less than a year. Good luck with your new pet.

Thanks, Daniel, for your email and the information you provided. Our little lady fled the coup (patio) this afternoon… I now know she’s a she because I researched Scudderia Mexicana this morning after seeing an online photo named as such which resembled her, and then discovering that she has an ovipositer. Still, you are the only resource I’ve found insofar as her diet is concerned, let alone her lifespan… Now I’ll know what I need to know should another Scudderia happen along. I was thrilled to find your site. My husband and I moved back to California last month after spending almost a year in southwest Florida, where exotic little animals of every sort are abundant — and where we both rather unexpectedly became interested in interesting-looking bugs. I took lots of photos there of you-name-it moths, beetles, and wasps (“you-name-it” because I still have *no* specific idea of what some of these creatures were), but dropped the hobby after returning to California. I thought I’d never have a noteworthy encounter with a bug out here (over-familiarity making for a lack of appreciation), until this katydid showed up. I now hope to discover that which I previously ignored as a California native. Anyway, my husband and I very much appreciate what you’re doing with Thanks for sharing everyone’s photos, your gifts and your wisdom. You have two new fans.

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Dear Bugman,
Hope you will be able to identify this little critter for us. sister-in-law found it on her rose bush on Tue 15 Nov. She then placed it in a large cardboard box (with food) until Sun 20 Nov, the day she returned it to the rose bush. Yesterday, Thu 24 Nov this little critter was still sitting happily on the rose bush. We live in Barcaldine – Central Western Queensland Australia. Trust you can help. Thank you.

Hi Joycelyn,
We sought expert help with your awesome specimen, but cannot come up with an exact species. We can tell you it is some type of Katydid and that it is immature. That crest is so distinctive. In Los Angeles, the Katydids love my rose bushes as well. I usually shoo them away since I don’t like them eating the rose buds, but I am well aware that they just return. Since I really like Katydids, I won’t kill them, but I would really rather have them eating shrubbery leaves.

Update (03/29/2006) We just got the following letter:
Hi Bugman, I noticed the picture of the ‘crested katydid’ you had been sent from Australia. I believe this is the Superb Katydid (Alectoria superba). Hope this is of help. Keep up the good work.
Aaron in London, UK

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Hey, i was wondering if you could help me ID this little guy, picture was taken in august of this year on Paynes Prairie in Gaineville, Florida. Thanks!
Brian Sninsky

Hi Brian,
This is an immature Katydid. Sorry, we can’t give an exact species.

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I live in SW Michigan and I know I’ve seen bugs like this before, just never as big. This one landed on my head while raking leaves last weekend. The photo is of the bug on the handle of my pruning shears. It moved quite fast on those long legs, once I put him on my garden bricks. Because of his leafy appendages, I was afraid I would step on him for sure. But I didn’t. Thanks for any ID help you can provide.

Hi Cheryl,
This is a True Katydid, Pterophylla camellifolia. Eric Eaton has this to add: “I’m probably too picky, but the true katydid posted 11/09 is actually a MALE. Males of some katydids have elaborate subgenital plates that resemble a female’s ovipositor, so it is really easy to make that mistake. The stridulatory area on the front wings (the brown triangle at the top of the insect in the nice photo) confirms that it is a male. Females do not have modifications of the front wings. Just keepin’ you on your toes. Eric”

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