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Bugged me I didn’t know what this was

July 29, 2014


Do you get these in your bedroom?

This little green insect was bounding around my parkade last night and got a little too close to me. I lightly swatted it away; apparently stunning it momentarily — at least it stayed still long enough for me to get a photograph.

It’s body was bright green and no more than an inch and a half long. It had six legs, antennae, wide-spaced little bug eyes and a distinctive caliper-like feature on the end of its abdomen.

It had markings running along the top of its abdomen — yellow and brown highlights with two little black dots that suggested eyes — perhaps cryptic colouration to look like it had an insect watching its back.

It looks a little bit like a kind a katydid (aka bush cricket) but in all honesty I wouldn’t know a katydid from a squid.

I was interested to find out that katydids come in almost as many colours as the iPhone 5c, including pink but I’ll be more interested to find out exactly what my little green interloper is. I like to to know who or what I might be sleeping with. Click the images to enlarge them.

Update: It’s official! this little bug is the North American  drumming katydid, or European oak bush-cricket, scientific name: Meconema thalassinum.

  1. Slowcrow permalink

    Cool! Good sleuthing!

    • What I do not understand… if katydids are hopping around Vancouver how come I’m not hearing — have never heard — their cricket-like sound? Unless they’ve been making the evening car sounds all these years.

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