Subject: Unknown Katydid – northwest Queensland, Australia
Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
November 22, 2016 7:07 am
This lady turned up at my workplace today, and the photo was taken because she’s not a bug that we usually see here. With a bit of googling and posting on other sites (reddit), the consensus seems to be that she is a katydid of some sort, but with no positive confirmation. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, as a nearby Peewee (Magpie Lark) thought that she looked delicious. (“It’s the circle of liiife…”)
She does look a bit like a katydid that was posted here a few years ago (2008/05/03/unknown-australian-katydid-killed-for-photo-op/)
The link you provided from our archives was a correct identification on your part, but it is not a Katydid. We eventually identified that insect as a female Raspy Cricket, probably in the genus Ametrus thanks to the input of Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki, and somehow, duplicate postings were in our archive. We deleted your link in favor of the correctly identified posting of the Raspy Cricket. Here is another posting of what appears to be the same species of Raspy Cricket.