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Subject:  Weird Bug
Geographic location of the bug:  Woodland WA
Date: 10/01/2021
Time: 10:05 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I’ve lived in WA all of my life and never seen one of these before.  What the heck is this??
How you want your letter signed:  Steve

Shieldbacked Katydid

Dear Steve,
This is some species of Shieldbacked Katydid, but we are uncertain which.  What appears to be a stinger is actually an ovipositor, an organ used by the female in laying eggs.

Subject:  Jumping bug found in my home
Geographic location of the bug:  Edinburgh, Scotland, uk
Date: 09/29/2021
Time: 01:38 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi!
I recently was visited by this mystery bug. I have never seen anything quite like it in the uk. I submitted it to Reddit, but the closest they got was determining that it was a Katydid Nymph. We were unable to nail exactly what it is.
How you want your letter signed:  Scott.

Katydid Nymph, but what species???

Dear Scott,
We agree with Reddit that this is a Katydid nymph, and like Reddit, we cannot make a conclusive identification.  We do not believe this is a species native to Scotland.  We will attempt to contact Piotr Naskrecki, renowned Katydid expert, to see if he can identify the species.  This would also be an unusual time of year to find a Katydid nymph of any species in Scotland as winter is approaching.  This is the time for adult Katydids in Scotland.

Subject:  What’s this bug??
Geographic location of the bug:  Southern California (foothills near Los Angeles)
Date: 09/28/2021
Time: 05:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi,
I’m trying to figure out if this bug is the reason my basil appears to be suffering. I’ve never seen one before! Know what it is? Thank you!
How you want your letter signed:  Kristin

Bush Katydid Nymph

Dear Kristin,
This is an immature Bush Katydid in the genus
Scudderia, and you can verify our identification on BugGuide.  Katydids will eat leaves and flowers, but they do not feed enough to defoliate the plants.  You did not describe the malady affecting your basil.  If it is chewed leaves, you can probably blame the Bush Katydid nymph.  If it is brown spots, wilting or some other malady, look elsewhere for the culprit.

Thank you, Daniel! It is chewed leaves, which is a problem since that’s what I want to chew on basil! Haha. This was very helpful, I appreciate it!
Kristin DuFresne

Subject:  Katydid?
Geographic location of the bug:  Denver, Colorado
Date: 09/24/2021
Time: 12:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I saw a leaf bug on my porch yesterday, and I forgot to take a picture, so I’ve been scouring the Internet for something similar. This picture I purchased from Shutterstock (photo by hagit berkovich) is the only one I could find of a katydid with the same kind of face/eyes. I can’t find any information on it either, so I’m wondering if it’s even a katydid at all!
How you want your letter signed:  ellie n.

leaf katydid (from shutterstock)

Dear Ellie,
We will not be able to identify your particular Katydid from the attached image which is surely not a North American species.  The True Katydid pictured on BugGuide looks similar, but BugGuide does not report it from Colorado.

Thank you for your reply!
I really wish I’d gotten a photo of it. If I see it again, I will resubmit!

Subject:  Pink Katydid??
Geographic location of the bug:  Pearland, Texas
Date: 09/03/2021
Time: 12:58 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  On July 4, 2021 I was outside and saw this insect on a plant. It is very large in size. Is it a pink Katydid and how rare is the coloration? I have never seen this color on any insect. The images are unedited & the coloration of the photos are unaltered.
How you want your letter signed:  TxGemini

Pink Oblong Winged Katydid

Dear TxGemini,
Several species of Katydids in the genus Amblycorypha, the Oblong Winged Katydids, have several color variations, including pink as this BugGuide image illustrates.  While we would not consider pink Katydids to be rare, we would say they are uncommon and definitely a treat to encounter.  We have several examples of Pink Oblong Winged Katydids on our site and we never tire of posting new fabulous images like yours.  The pink (magenta to a photographer) color of the Katydid against the complimentary color green background in your images is stunning.  We are going to feature your submission on our scrolling feature bar.  As an aside, seeing a pink Katydid on a pink flower explains how this color variation can actually act as camouflage.

Pink Oblong Winged Katydid

Subject:  Mormon Cricket?
Geographic location of the bug:  North Fork Sauk River Trail between White Pass and Red Pass south of Glacier Peak
Date: 08/17/2021
Time: 01:46 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found sitting in the middle of the trail in August. Appreciate any assistance you can provide with ID!
How you want your letter signed:  Thanks?

Mormon Cricket

We believe you have correctly identified this Mormon Cricket.