Subject: This bug is devouring my post oak trees
Location: Bastrop County, Texas
July 9, 2012 11:14 am
It ”sings” all night and makes a horrible noise. It makes it difficult to sleep they are so loud. As they get older they turn reddish brown and get about 2 inches long. They eat the leaves off my post oaks and leave poop everywhere. What can I do to get rid of them?
Signature: Peggie Gustafson

Red Eyed Devil

Hi Peggie,
According to
BugGuide, this Greater Arid Land Katydid, Neobarrettia spinosa, is also called the Red Eyed Devil.  They are a predatory species of Katydid and they are reported to be capable of producing a painful bite.  We do not give extermination advice.  Was your photo really taken in 2007?  You have waited such a long time to get an identification.

Location: Texas

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