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Metrioptera sphagnorum (aka Sphagniana sphagnorum) Metrioptera sphagnorum attracted to an incandescent porch light. If this identification is correct it may be a first report in the US. All other occurrences are from Canada. Bog katydid,Ensifera,Geotagged,Metrioptera sphagnorum,Orthoptera,Sphagniana sphagnorum,Summer,Tettigoniidea,United States,grasshopper,insect,katydid Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Metrioptera sphagnorum (aka Sphagniana sphagnorum)

Metrioptera sphagnorum attracted to an incandescent porch light. If this identification is correct it may be a first report in the US. All other occurrences are from Canada.

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  1. Cool find! Posted one year ago
    1. Pretty sure this is Metrioptera sphagnorum. I've submitted it to BG to find out what they think. Posted one year ago
    2. BG confirmed that this is Metrioptera sphagnorum. I'm hoping it comes by again tonight. Posted one year ago, modified one year ago
      1. Great! Hope it returns for you! Posted one year ago
        1. Got cold last night so I guess that might be a reason it didn't show. Tonight is supposed to be warmer so I'm hoping again. Posted one year ago
          1. It's been cool here at night too. I only got one moth last night! Posted one year ago
            1. One moth? It must be cold. The moths and other insects have been very busy here each night this month. Posted one year ago
              1. Yep, one moth and a few caddisflies. I think it was around 60F. Definitely a cool night. Although, last night was in the low 60's and I had a couple dozen moths. Posted one year ago
                1. 60s at night is warm here! The katydid has not come back but it is out there. I just got an email from the University of Minnesota Entomology Department about the katydid. They have one specimen from the western side of the state collected in the 1970s. Posted one year ago
                  1. Yeah, I think moths in the NE are spoiled. They won't fly unless it's warm.

                    And, that's awesome about the katydid! Sounds pretty rare. I really hope it returns for you, but at least you got a shot of it!
                    Posted one year ago
                    1. I saw micro-moths on the snow here last year in April. The air temperature was in the mid-30s. Yep, spoiled moths in that tropical place you live in.

                      I almost did not photograph the katydid thinking it was just some common grasshopper. The wing shape and coloration looks like a grasshopper. But when I saw the ovipositor I knew it was a katydid.
                      Posted one year ago
                      1. Mid-30's is awesome and insane. I wish I had moths at those temps. You have some hardy moths for sure! Posted one year ago

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''Metrioptera sphagnorum'', the bog katydid, is a species of shield-backed katydid in the family Tettigoniidae. It is found in North America.

Similar species: Grasshoppers And Crickets
Species identified by Gary B
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Uploaded Aug 3, 2019. Captured Aug 2, 2019 23:38 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/3.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm