October 24, 2020

What is this mini-cricket/grasshopper thing?

I took this picture of a bug in my front yard. It seems very cricket-like, tiny and aqua-marine colored. I have never seen a cricket with this coloration or size. Maybe the nymph phase. It has more slender length to width ratio than a cricket. There are a few of them and it seems they only want the nectar from the flowers.

Katydid Nymph
Some Kind of Cricket Nymph Thing I found in my front yard.

Body size is about 1 cm on the largest specimen I could find. Most of them were more like .75 cm or less. Some of the larger ones started developing curled wing-like projections that didn’t look very functional for flight. Cool looking, but what is it?

Someone told me, “I believe this is a katydid nymph.”

I did a google image search using several variations on these and similar keywords. Nothing looks quite right. Some are similar but no match. Given the vast variety in the insect world though, I think this is probably a really good guess. I don’t think it is a cricket nymph but I did see a few grasshopper nymph pictures that were somewhat close. I also read that the katydid and cricket is a type of grasshopper, both in the order Orthoptera.

So who knows… I just wanted to write a quick post before bedtime. If anyone knows what this bug is, feel free to leave it in the comments below.

— CSH

C S H

C S H

Chris is a creative and experienced website and web application developer with over 6 years of experience creating UI excellence and fluid User Experiences, bringing modern responsive web environments that engage users. Chris also has an additional 8 years of graphic design and publishing expertise that was perfected in the years prior to entering the web development world. Since modern website environments are necessarily and universally graphic and visual, both skill sets blend together perfectly. Chris’ focus on teamwork, coordination, and communication makes him a valuable asset to any team; creating interactive websites and spectacular graphics, in addition to demonstration videos for trade shows and training.

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