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Subject:  Colorful red legged grasshopper/katydid
Geographic location of the bug:  Ivans, UT
Date: 12/31/2018
Time: 10:45 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We took this pic 9/23/2017 in Ivans, Utah (aka St. George, Utah)
It stayed long enough for me to take a picture but flew off right after. Tried to find anything similar but to no avail.
Never seen anything like this before! Absolutely stunning!!
How you want your letter signed:  Megan Silcox

Western Bush Katydid

Dear Megan,
Our editorial staff has returned to our home office and despite the holiday, we decided to make a new posting, so your identification request is our first of the New Year.  This is a Western Bush Katydid in the genus
Insara, and in our opinion, it most resembles the Creosote Bush Katydid, Insara covilleae, which is pictured on BugGuide, though BugGuide does not report that species for Utah.  The related Elegant Bush Katydid, Insara elegans, is reported from Utah on BugGuide, but its markings appear different.  We are confident with our genus identification but would prefer that a true expert weigh in on the species.  Happy New Year.

Subject:  What are these strange pods?
Geographic location of the bug:  NSW, Australia
Date: 12/26/2018
Time: 03:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I have these brown pod things in my cupboard outside. They’re about as wide as my finger and are stuck to the underside of a shelf lengthways. They appeared a few days ago. It is summer.
How you want your letter signed:  Should I be afraid?

Probably Katydid Eggs

Dear Should I be afraid?
Though your image lacks critical sharpness, we nonetheless believe these are Katydid Eggs.  Here is an image from Bower Bird of Australian Katydid Eggs.  Katydids are similar to Grasshoppers, and they will feed on plants in the garden, but they should not cause you any fear, though large individuals, especially predatory species, can have powerful mandibles that could conceivably deliver a painful bite, so they should be handled with caution.

Subject:  Orthoptera Identification
Geographic location of the bug:  Manzanillo, Costa Rica
Date: 12/19/2018
Time: 11:33 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Could you please help me identify this orthoptera?
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  7Song

Katydid Ovipositing

Dear 7Song,
This is a marvelous image of a female Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae and she appears to be in the act of laying eggs.  It looks similar to the Tico Katydid,
Melanonotus tico, which is pictured on Getty Images.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to get his opinion.

Katydid Correction Courtesy of Piotr Naskrecki
Hi Daniel,
It is a female of Idiarthron, based on the location (Limon Province) most likely I. hammuliferum.

Ed. Note:  There are images of this species on the Orthoptera Species File Online.

Thank you for your reply Daniel. I have been looking for someone to help me with this photo for a while now. I look forward to your response.
Whoops, I missed the second response, so thank you again. And a thank you to Piotr.

Subject:  What is this
Geographic location of the bug:  San Jose, Costa Rica
Date: 12/03/2018
Time: 01:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Saw this a few weeks ago in San Jose Costa Rica in the late afternoon. Note the barb. What is this?
How you want your letter signed:  Jim R


Dear Jim,
This is a Katydid in the family Tettigoniidae, and what you have described as a “barb” is actually an ovipositor, an organ adapted to function during the egg laying process, indicating that this is a female.  We do not recognize the species.

Subject:  Katydid from Panama
Geographic location of the bug:  Anton Valley, Panama, 600m absl
Date: 09/23/2018
Time: 08:30 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi, I never found what could be this katydid (even the genus is unknown to me), so any help would be much appreciated ! Thanks in advance 🙂 Frank
How you want your letter signed:  Frank Canon


Dear Frank,
Your images are gorgeous and this Katydid is quite unusual.  The undeveloped wings lead us to believe it is immature, and the apparent lack of an ovipositor indicates it is a male.  We haven’t the time this morning to conduct a thorough identification search, so we are posting your images as unidentified and we will return to this posting this evening.  Meanwhile, perhaps our readership has a moment or two for research.


Hello Daniel,
Thanks for your fast answer, actually it looks like a nymph of Steirodon (?), but I can’t find anything like this on the web…
Btw I have identified another katydid found in Panama (Panacanthus spinosus) and no picture exists on the web, only a dead collected specimen.
I’ve been told by a specialist that I also found a new species of stick insect (Trychopeplus sp.), so there are many new insects to describe in this great country !
Thanks for the response Frank.  Cesar Crash has also suggested possibly Nicklephyllum acanthonotum and we agree that does look similar, and it is a much better match than Steirodon which is pictured on Project Noah.  We will attempt to contact Katydid expert Piotr Naskrecki to see if he can confirm.
Hi Daniel,
Yes, it is definitely S. acanthonotum. A really gorgeous creature!
Ed. Note:  We wrote back to Piotr to find out why he agreed with the identification of Nicklephyllum acanthonotum, but referred to it as S. acanthonotum, and then we located this Novataxa page that states:  “The tribe of the giant katydids Steirodontini is reviewed, its relationship with other groups of Phaneropterinae from the Old and New World is discussed, and an updated key to genera is presented. Nicklephyllum n. established to accommodate one species described as Stilpnochlora acanthonotum Nickle, 1985 from Colombia.”
Piotr Naskrecki explains naming convention:  Old habits die hard – this species was originally described as Stilpnochlora acanthonotum (by Dave Nickle, later renamed in his honor) and I still think of it as such.
Update:  October 5, 2018
Hi Daniel,

Many thanks for your answer and sorry for my late reply but I was abroad.
Actually, it looks like Nicklephyllum rather than Steirodon ! I think it is probably something into this genus, regarding the shape of the pronotum…
Thanks again for your help, much appreciated !

Subject:  Some Type of Katydid
Geographic location of the bug:  Anderson, Indiana
Date: 09/22/2018
Time: 12:40 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  I found this little Katydid on the flowers in my driveway. It seems somewhat similar to the Meadow Katydids I’ve seen in our yard, but this one was much bigger.
How you want your letter signed:  Christa Massey

Conehead Katydid

Dear Christa,
This is one of the Conehead Katydids in the genus ,
Neoconocephalus.  Because of the extremely long ovipositor that extends well beyond the wing tips, we suspect this might be Neoconocephalus retusus based on this BugGuide image.  Of the entire genus, BugGuide notes:  “Adults feed mostly on seeds of grasses, sometimes sedges. Nymphs feed on grass flowers, developing seeds.