Subject: cricket or katydid?
Location: Fort Bragg, CA
August 15, 2017 9:07 am
I came across this cricket or katydid in my field in Fort Bragg California. I tried identifying it using online resources, but haven’t found anything that looks like what I found. It has very long stripped antennae, a shield behind its head and a lovely brown and mottled grey color. I have attached two photos of it sitting on my arm.
Signature: Thanks, Jill
This is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the genus Neduba, as you can see by comparing your individual to this image on BugGuide. According to BugGuide: “Eggs laid in late summer, cemented to plant stems, these overwinter; one generation per year.” Your individual is a male. Female have long ovipositors.