3

Can someone tell me if they know what type of bug this is? If so, how do I get rid of it as it seems to be eating the leaves.

Click any photo for full size
enter image description here

enter image description here

  • That's quite hard to see. If you don't have a better camera, try taking the picture through a magnifying glass. – Ingmar Aug 8 '14 at 7:35
  • Or at least get a picture on a more contrasting background if you can – Alpar Aug 8 '14 at 9:58
6

That is a katydid, which is any insect in the family Tettigoniidae. Yours is from the sub-family Phaneropterinae. It's a California Anglewing, Microcentrum californicum. It's probably not causing much damage on your plants, but you can control it with a general insecticide.

Here's a comparison picture:

enter image description here

  • 2
    My comparison pic even has the antenna missing on the same side. =) – J. Musser Aug 8 '14 at 23:05
3

It is hard to see clearly, but it looks as if the body is shaped rather like an elongated leaf, with the back end narrowing down almost to a point. The eyes are definitely yellowish with black centres, it should have six legs, jointed in the manner of the two I can see in the picture - if I'm seeing it properly, this is a green katydid, and its one of those that does eat plants - usually sticks around on whatever plant it likes most and eats that. Presumably there is some local treatment appropriate for these if you have a heavy infestation, I'm in the UK, so don't know what you'd use - maybe someone else can advise on a suitable pesticide, if its necessary.

  • @J.Musser I could see most of it (on my desktop) but couldn't quite distinguish between the greens for overall body shape - don't forget, my eyes are a lot older than yours! – Bamboo Aug 9 '14 at 10:06
  • @J.Musser blimey, herbicide, of course I meant pesticide. I shall alter that, must have been on automatic pilot when I typed it. Not sure if its necessary or not to use pesticide, depends if its eating too much of the plant. By the way, I only have a dumbphone and a tablet, no smartphone. – Bamboo Aug 9 '14 at 10:08

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.