bug i.d help, please-- on tangerine

dicotApril 11, 2012

don't recognize this guy, overly nervous about citrus bugs since the Asian psyllid scare (which this isn't). Any thoughts on what this is?

If the huanglongbing disease pops up around here, I'm hosed. Do not want to spray everything, after working so hard to get my yard fully organic.

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

young katydid. seldom a problem.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:38AM
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JimR36(5b CO)

It's a very hazy picture, and I'm not sure how what young katydids look like, but my impression is that it's something like a milkweed assassin bug or young leaffooted bug. At least the body looks similar to me, though the legs look very long. It's hard to gauge the size as well.

Great to see/hear that you are using organic principles. Keep that up! There are plenty of natural substances that can be used that are annoying to critters, and keep them away.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 11:54AM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Jim, look at those lovely back legs, which are perfectly suited to jumping. That should be your primary visual clue to the identity of this little thing. ;-) If you google katydid nymph, you'll see lots of images that match this one.

dicot, katydids are rarely present in enough numbers to do much damage (they chew the foliage). They are also a favorite food for such predators as spiders, mantids, dragonflies, assassin bugs, birds, lizards, etc. I'd leave it....looks like somebodies lunch, to me.

Here is a link that might be useful: katydid nymph

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 12:53PM
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Thanks for the help, all. Man, there are some goofy looking katydids when one use google images, huh? The conehead katydid in particular looks perfectly suited to becoming the next teen viral internet meme, somehow.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:25PM
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... but not if I'm in charge of digital image codes.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 2:28PM
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    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 4:28PM
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