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Help IDing insect

Posted by PFCMCL z10 - S CA (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 3, 12 at 17:58

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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RE: Help IDing insect

Yep, young grasshoppers.

RE: Help IDing insect

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?

RE: Help IDing insect

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.

RE: Help IDing insect


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

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.

RE: Help IDing insect

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

RE: Help IDing insect

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

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