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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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Katydid pics
Hiya Bug People,
I ran across your site while searching the web for info on spiders…see I found a spider in my hair while watching TV.. (and any spider that interrupted my TV time was definitely Poisonous and EVIL!!) But I have now come to the conclusion it wasn’t a brown recluse and am feeling much better. But I saw that you had several pics of Katydids and the letters are usually from people that think they are "icky" So I wanted to share these photos of the Katydid my family really really enjoyed getting to meet last summer. I don’t know how anyone could be afraid of them or think they are "icky" This Katydid was so easy going and let us hold him and sat on our shoulders for the whole afternoon. I was scared to let him go back in the tree where we found him cause we have a HUGE Yellow Garden spider near the same tree.. and I didn’t want to have to explain why Nice Mr. Spider was eating our friend "Katy"!! Can you say Therapy!!
LOL anyways I hope you enjoy the photos.
Happy Spring,
Kelly Salzman
North Carolina

Hi Kelly,
Thank you for the sweet letter. We love your photo.

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Hello Again,
I was taking a walk the other day and got a picture of this grasshopper on a brick fence with my camera phone. He was farley large about two or three inches and his wings looked like blades of grass, he was very neat. What kind is it??? I live in montebello, california. Thanks for the website!!!
Darcy Jimenez

Hi Darcy,
You have a Katydid, but it is difficult to determine the species from your photograph. They are usually seen and not heard because they are excellently camouflaged in foilage.

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Insect identification- grasshopper?
Dear Sir/Madam
I live in the UK and found this insect in the packaging of a USB hub, that said it was made in China. Is it possible you could identify this for me. Actual size is 6 cm long from nose to wing tip.
Many thanks
Pat Jones (Mrs) 57yrs

Hi Pat,
Your foundling bears an uncanny resemblance to a group of Katydids known as Cone-heads. She is a female, recognizeable by the large ovipositor on the tail end. Your story helps to explain how often exotic plants and animals often find themselves far from home, and if the conditions are right, they are able to prosper and multiply.

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