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by Liora Leah

Photos:Friendly Critter

UPDATED: Does anyone know what type of bug this is? Don't think it's a grasshopper, too green, unless it's an immature one...a katydid, perhaps?

Date:   9/2/2008 2:46:39 AM   ( 13 y ) ... viewed 1745 times

The critter is looking straight up at me; it seems to be saying "Why are you bugging me? You've taken about 20 pictures of me! Leave me alone, already!" I find this insect incredibly cute! I know, I'm weird.

All Photos by Liora Leah taken 9-1-2008

Friendly Critter on my backyard potted plant. Going to post it on BugGuide

to see what it is...

Looks like it's a fork-tailed bush katydid, Scudderia furcata! But wait! the plot thickens! It also might be a Mexican bush katydid, Scudderia Mexicana! This would make sense, as Southern California neighbors Mexico--the naturalist says you can't tell for sure without looking at the corresponding male, as the male has a projecting upper plate that identifies the particular species.

Not sure, but I think it's a female--you're supposed to look at the end of their thorax to tell...yep, it's a female! The little curved anatomy at the end of the body is called an "ovipositor" where the ovum, or eggs, descend when being laid; males don't have this.

More information on Fork-Tailed bush katydids--some nice photos here. Did you know some katydids are a pink color?

More information on Mexican bush katydids:

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