October 13, 2016 4:46 am
Found this bug on a bush in a field of tall grass in Osaka, Japan on Ocober 2. It was about 3-4 cm long. As soon as I snapped the picture, it jumped off into grass & hid.
Can you tell me what it is?
We believe we have correctly identified your Katydid as a male Gampsocleis buergeri on the Natural Japan site where it states: “These huge katydids (bush-crickets) are everywhere at the moment. They sit perfectly camouflaged on leaves and then half jump, half crawl into the foliage making so much disturbance that it’s like a much larger animal is lurking there. Once you get used to spotting them before they disappear, it’s possible to sneak up and take photos.” According to National Geographic Creative which has an image of a female of the species with her long ovipositor, this Katydid is called “Kirigirisu” in Japan.