Immature Scudder's Bush Katydid

Subject: New bug in Dorothy’s garden
Location: Redding, California
May 27, 2012 9:05 pm
I take a lot of pictures of the flowers around the Treehouse Senior apartments, where I live. Particularly of the many different flowers that appear year round in my neighbor Dorothy’s garden.
This year, a new bug has been starring in photographs of iris and day lilies.
It is only about a quarter inch in length. It is green with iridescent golden markings. I think I have 3 good images.
Signature: Phil Seymour

Scudder's Bush Katydid Nymph

Hi Phil,
This is an immature Scudder’s Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia, and members of the genus are found throughout North America.  You can compare your photo to this image from BugGuide.  This species is quite common in the garden outside our Mt Washington, Los Angeles offices.  Katydids feed on leaves and blossoms and the Scudder’s Bush Katydids seem quite fond of the blossoms on the rose bushes in our garden.  They are never plentiful enough to do any major damage, and we are content to allow them to feed and grow.  Just last week we photographed another Katydid nymph in our garden, and we believe it is a Broad Winged Katydid.

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