Anybody know what this is?
I was leaving the yard the other day and this little guy was on the gate. I was fascinated by his likeness to a grasshopper. But it's not like a grasshopper I've ever seen before. Any guesses?
I was thinking in the grasshopper family since there are over 10,000 species, but he doesn't appear to have wings.
I looked at over 40, and my search has not been very successful, but I did find these great insect learning-sites:
Ok, I'm back . . . I think we have a winner. It appears to be a Tettigoniidae and the genus . . . Katydid! I've just never seen this species before. I'm more familiar with this one:Mine is a female and the large brown sharp structure on her netherside is an "ovipositor" used for sticking her eggs in the dirt or the stem of a plant. Now we've all learned something new today!