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Cricket nymph submitted to BugGuide.. I think it's a shield katydid - possibly a Mormon Cricket, Coulee Cricket or maybe even a notable apote.. (the adults of this species have stripes on their backs). The colors that these bugs come in are apparently highly variable. Geotagged,Spring,United States Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Cricket nymph

submitted to BugGuide.. I think it's a shield katydid - possibly a Mormon Cricket, Coulee Cricket or maybe even a notable apote.. (the adults of this species have stripes on their backs). The colors that these bugs come in are apparently highly variable.

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  1. Love the shot, composition, color and excellent focus work. Well done! Posted 4 months ago
    1. Now I just have to see if I can figure out what it is... haven't had much luck yet, but I'm hoping the pink legs and stripes are distinctive enough to give me some clues. Posted 4 months ago
      1. I always struggle with grass hoppers, they are so variable in appearance between species, sub species and stages of their life. I figure this one requires a bit of luck or a deep expert. Posted 4 months ago
  2. Incredibly beautiful. Posted 4 months ago
  3. Beautiful Ensifera! ;) Cheers Posted 4 months ago
    1. You think it's a cricket nymph? That could explain why I haven't found anything even close in the grasshoppers. It doesn't have wings like most grasshoppers, but a 3rd instar nymph wouldn't yet. Posted 4 months ago
      1. Yep, it's a cricket. Ensifera can be distinguished from Caelifera by their elongated and threadlike antennae, longer than the pronotum often longer than the whole body. Caelifera - grasshoppers, have antennae fairly of the same size of the pronotum. On the other hand female Ensifera have a long ovipositor also, therefore the meaning of their name Ensifera --> sword bearer. In the photo a male nymph :) Posted 4 months ago

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Uploaded Apr 19, 2017. Captured Apr 17, 2017 09:58 in Unnamed Road, Vantage, WA 98950, USA.
  • X-E2
  • f/1.0
  • 1/180s
  • ISO800
  • 55mm