Katydid from Mexico

This bug looks like a green leaf
Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 7:12 AM
My dogs found this green “leaf” bug on my front walk this morning. I live at Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico. The bug was moving very slowly. I don’t know if it was injured when one dog pawed in a little but all legs seem to be intact. It opened its “leaf” wings slightly once. What is it and what is its purpose?
Lake Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico

Unknown Katydid
Mexican Katydid

Hi Susy,
This is some species of Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, but we cannot provide you with a species name. Most, but not all Katydids are plant feeders. You question this Katydid’s purpose and that is a loaded question. Each creature occupies a specific niche in the balance of nature, and to remove any individual species may ultimately tip the scale, upsetting the equilibrium of the entire planet. Some may question that the balance has already been upset.

Here is what he had to say about the other two katydid posts….

Sunday, November 30, 2008, 5:25 PM
Hi Eric,
1. I noticed two new posts about katydids at WhatsThatBug.com … the second is a species of Stilpnochlora(Phaneropterinae) from Mexico (possibly S. azteca, but it is hard to be
certain as females in this genus are very similar to each other.) …
Piotr Naskrecki

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