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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 4 months ago
    1. Pretty sure this is Metrioptera sphagnorum. I've submitted it to BG to find out what they think. Posted 4 months ago
    2. BG confirmed that this is Metrioptera sphagnorum. I'm hoping it comes by again tonight. Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago
      1. Great! Hope it returns for you! Posted 4 months 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 4 months ago
          1. It's been cool here at night too. I only got one moth last night! Posted 4 months ago
            1. One moth? It must be cold. The moths and other insects have been very busy here each night this month. Posted 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months 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