Unknown Longhorned Orthopteran from Dominican Republic

Subject: Domincan Bug
Location: Samana, Dominican Republic
February 7, 2013 5:05 am
Hi there. I ran into this bug hanging out at the Bahia Principe Caylo Levantado Resort in Samana, Dominican Republic. It was the only one I saw. Its antennae hung down about 12 inches from the body. It looked like it had wings, but I’m not sure.
Signature: Lynette in Canada

Longhorned Orthopteran

Hi Lynette,
This is a member of the order Orthoptera that contains Grasshoppers, Crickets and Katydids.  Much of the insect’s body is concealed by the foliage, and we wish more was showing.  The long antennae indicates it is in the suborder Ensifera, the Longhorned Orthopterans, so that would exclude the Grasshoppers.  We will send the image to Piotr Naskrecki, a Katydid specialist, to see if he recognizes it.

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