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Can You Identify this Creature?

Name this Creature... I thought it was a Grasshopper, but as I got closer and closer to it, I don't think it's a grasshopper.

The body looks to be made out of a leaf.  This was on my back patio for hours yesterday, just enjoying the shade, and late afternoon, Alyssa accidentally stepped on it... I helped it over to the grass and I saw it limping away, but have no idea if it survived the crunch. 

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I put a quarter by it so size wouldn't be in question.  The antenna goes out of the picture screen, that's LONG! And look how long those legs are!  I don't think it's a grasshopper... what other ideas do you have?

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Comment balloon 15 commentsDonna Harris • June 14 2009 10:11AM

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Thanks for the quarter shot, helps to visualize the size!  :D.  I have no clue what it, looks like it could be in the cricket family.  Perhaps a cousin?

Posted by Kristin Moran, San Antonio,TX - Real Estate - 210-313-7397 (Owner - RE/MAX Access - KristinMoran@Remax.net) about 9 years ago

Donna-I had heard that things were bigger in Texas, but I have no idea what that  green monster is. Here in Boston we do have a green monster but it is at Fenway Park!

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) about 9 years ago

Sorry Donna ~ No clue either! But I do agree with Kristin, looks like a cousin to the cricket family. It is a great shot of, whatever it is though. So did Alyssa scream when she saw it? Or is she good with bugs?

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) about 9 years ago

Donna,

I wonder if it's a katydid. They can be several inches in length but they have this color and texture. :)

Steve

Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) about 9 years ago

Ok....cause I love you and I'm bored, I guess......How about a Katydid? I've been trying to send you a link....but google it :)

 

 

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 9 years ago

Hi Donna.  I am no expert, but I think it's a BUG!

:)

Ken

Posted by Ken Tracy, Helping clients buy and sell since 2005 (Keller Williams Realty Infinity) about 9 years ago

Good one Ken.....you are certainly going to be the first one I call to identify "guests" in my garden :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 9 years ago

Where did you pull "Katydid" out of??  I have NEVER heard of such a thing.  I did Google it and it says it likes the tropics.  I can't say I live in the tropics, so I think it's lost!

No Alyssa didn't react to it at all.  I don't think she grasps the "ickiness" of bugs yet... except she hates flies and is very good at yelling "go away" and swishing her arms around at them.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

I agree with Steve, it looks like a Katydid to me. We had them all over the place Donna where I grew up in Florida.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 9 years ago

Donna:  I am surprised you've never heard of Katydids.  They make a horrible noise during the summertime.  But, back to this one.  It is obvious to me that it is NOT a grasshopper.  Since part of it looks like a small leaf, it should also be obvious that it is a "leafhopper."  Sheesh !

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 9 years ago

Gary, I see Florida being a "tropical" place...

Karen Anne, Lots of bugs make horrible noises, especially the locust.  I want to kill them all!  And I looked up a picture of a leafhopper and it's definitely not that.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

Cicada?  I am not up on my insects.

Whoa, wait a minute. I live in Texas.

I am most knowledgeable about fire ants, fleas, mosquitoes, and gnats.

Geeeeeeeeeee!

Posted by Brenda Harmon (Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas) about 9 years ago

Brenda, No, the Cicada looks more like a locust... I know fire ants as I'm very allergic, and I can't seem to get the nasty gnats out of my new home!!!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

I got nothing. I tried to google many things to find a picture that looked like the one above but had no luck. I'll keep trying and see what I can find out... just cause Im curious.  And the poor thing.. why not put it out of its misery after it was stepped on. It will either be eaten (alive) or will die from starvation since it can not beat up its food anymore. :-(

Posted by John Cannata, Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance (214-728-0449 http://TexasLoanGuy.com) about 9 years ago

I need help figuring out the creature in the below link...

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1150204/can-you-identity-this-creature-

 

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

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