Help IDing insect

PFCMCL(z10 - S CA)July 3, 2012

Hello, I have quite a few of these guys on one plant. They look like small grasshoppers to me. Their bodies are about 3/4" long. Are they beneficial or harmful? I'll appreciate any help.

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Thanks!

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Yep, young grasshoppers.

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 7:58PM
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PFCMCL(z10 - S CA)

They must be a kind I've never seen before. I've been watching them for a few weeks now and they're never bigger than 1" long. Much smaller than the regular grasshoppers. Do they eat bugs or plants?

    Bookmark   July 3, 2012 at 9:26PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

Jean, look and see if you don't think that they might be katydid nymphs...with those long, striped antennae and other characteristics?

PFC, there are no grasshoppers (or katydids if that's what they are) that don't eat plants. Grasshoppers, in large numbers, are considered worrisome pests. Katydids....not so much.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 12:18AM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

rhizo,

Yes, you're right. Katydids. (I looked too fast!)

PFC -
No wings as yet indicates they're youngsters. Several days to a week or so are required between successive developmental stages.

Even so, as rhizo said, katydids seldom eat all that much.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 2:58PM
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PFCMCL(z10 - S CA)

Thanks so much to both of you. I guess I won't bother them unless I see some damage.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 3:40PM
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rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

That's exactly the right attitude! Most people think that katydids are very interesting, if not beautiful.

    Bookmark   July 4, 2012 at 7:15PM
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