Shieldback Katydid from Crete

Subject: Large bug in Crete
Location: Greece (Crete)
June 11, 2013 1:12 am
Interesting site you’ve got there. Would be great if you had an easy way for visitors to narrow down the search by themselves based on different criteria, but I realize that it’s not that easy.
I’ve always been wondering what bug I saw in Greece (Crete), long time ago. It was quite impressive, I guess it was about 10 cm long and it was just deposing eggs on a branch.
I hope you can shed a light on that, but even if you can’t, feel free to use the picture for whatever purpose.
Best regards and success with the site.
Signature: Luc

Shieldbacked Katydid
Shieldbacked Katydid

Hi Luc,
We believe this Longhorned Orthopteran is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae, but we have not been able to locate any matching images online that might provide a species name.  The swordlike ovipositor is an anatomical feature of the female.  We will try to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can provide a species name for you.

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