A Katydid Nymph?

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This is another that has me stumped, when I took the photos I was sure I was taking a photo of an ant but on seeing the photo I now realize that it is obviously not. Saying that the resemblance to an ant could be part of its evolutionary defence.

I am struck by three things, a) the strong hind legs - which make me immediately think Orthoptera (grasshopper, crickets and Katydids) b) the long antenna - which is making me think Tettigoniidae (i.e. Katydid) and c) the blue colouring in the legs which is hinting Orthoptera again.

I am going to stick my neck out and hazard a guess of a Katydid nymph (i.e. on of the stages on route to adult hood). What do you think?





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4 years 11 months ago - 4 years 11 months ago #1053 by Paul T
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Have just got back from holiday and one of the books I took to read was Piotr Naskrecki's excellent The Smaller Majority. And on page 134 there is an almost identical mimicking labelled as "Eurycorypha sp." I did a bit of digging this morning to find an online version of Piotr's photo lablelled as "Katydid (Eurycorypha sp) nymph, Guinea, West Africa" photo here

Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Subfamily: Phaneropterinae
Genus: Eurycorypha

Wiki quotes "Eurycorypha is a genus of insect in family Tettigoniidae, commonly known as Bush crickets (ED: or Katydid'). The genus is indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa and Madagascar..."

So.... will have to conclude this at the family level and leave it as a Katydid: ant mimicking nymph.

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4 years 10 months ago #1143 by angiud

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4 years 10 months ago #1149 by Paul T
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One from Khao Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary as well that was lurking on my hard disk.

Definitely all look the same.


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