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Pink Katydid
We see a few pink katydids here in Missouri also. I’m sending a picture of one taken at Taum Sauk Mountain Natural Area.

Hi John,
Thanks for the image. To add to what we wrote before, Eric Eaton agrees with us that this is Amblycorypha oblongifolia and added that the previous image as well as yours are of immature males.

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pink Katydid
Mr. Bugman,
I found this pink katydid Okalaloacoochee Slough State Forest in Hendry County Florida. I’ve never run into a pink one, and I thought I’d share it with you folks.
Steven W. Woodmansee
The Institute for Regional Conservation

Hi Steve,
Great photo. We have always wondered about a plate with a pink katydid in our old Lutz Field Book. Lutz writes that Amblycorpha oblongifolia is usually green, but that “it and many other green insects have brown or pink sports.” This is a first for us as well. We will write to Eric Eaton to see if he can add anything. He may request that we post the image on BugGuide if you don’t mind.

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Some type of cricket….
I spotted these large crickets at a rest stop near Winnemucca, NV. Their bodies resemble the cave crickets or camel crickets but the legs are not so long and are not striped. Their bodies were between 2-3 inches long. They are large and sturdy, and that ovipositor is pretty amazing. The birds liked ’em even more than I did. The last picture with my foot is just to give a sense of scale. What kind of cricket are they, anyway? Thanks!

Hi Michelle,
This is a Mormon Cricket, Anabrus simplex. It is found from Missouri to Southeastern California and north to Alberta. It will devour many types of grains. According to legend and the Audubon Guide: “This common cricket got its common name after thousands suddenly attacked the Mormon pioneers’ first crops in Utah in 1848. Fortunately, many California gulls arrived in time to devour the crickets and save the crops.”

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What is it????
Found this one in the front yard, I’m assuming some sort of Katydid. I’m not sure though. Any help you could give in ID would be great
Allen Meeks
Spicewood, TX

Hi Allen,
This is one of the Shield-Backed Katydids, Neobarrettia spinosa female.

Ed. Note: (11/17/2005) Late Breaking Etomological Update
Greater Arid-land Katydid
Hey Bugman
I think you have a Common name mix up on your katydid page, the latin name is correct. The katydid that you guys called a Shield back Katydid’s common name is actually Greater Arid-Land Katydid, that belongs in the sub-family Listroscelinae (Predaceous Katydids). They are only two species of the genus Neobattettia in the US. The Greater Arid-land Katydid has a black outline on the pronotum, the Lesser Arid-Land Katydid’s pronotum is green.

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Ecuadorean saddle back cricket??
Hi Daniel:
Found this cricket in our garden while removing a dead leaf base from a vetchia palm. Looked in your web site and looks like the saddle bag bush cricket or weta. I think I have seen it before in our lawn, coming out from holes in the ground. I would appreaciate any information on it. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Erika Schwarz Wilson
Istana, Barbasquillo
Manta- Ecuador

Hi again Erika,
Nice to hear from you again. You have a member of the Family Tettigoniidae which contains Long-Horned Grasshoppers and Katydids as well as the Shield-Back and Bush Katydids which are sometimes called Crickets. Sorry I can’t identify your exact species. Your example is a female recognizeable by her flat, swordlike ovipositor, her egg laying organ.

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Texas bug
Me and my wife caught this bug at night in the Dallas area of texas, there were several out at night making a loud continous noise. We have no idea what type of bug it is looks sort of like a grasshopper and kinda like a katydid.
Chris & Danielle

Hi Chris and Danielle,
We decided to get the opinion of Eric Eaton before responding to you. Here is what he has to say: “Looks like a coneheaded katydid, if the antennae are long and filamentous. Good thing she is holding it that way, they can bite REALLY hard! I speak from experience:-) If the antennae are shorter, and sword-shaped, then it is a slant-faced grasshopper of some kind. That is the best I can do, not being able to manipulate the image in any way.”

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