Bug Pics & ID forum: Need idea on a ? cricket? Not sure!

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ImageSkiekitty
Feb 24, 2017 1:13 PM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
Friend of mine lives now in Costa Rica & showed me a pic of this .. insect. I think it's some kind of cricket, but if I google "green cricket" I get tons of pictures of leaf hoppers & grass hoppers & Cricket mobile & the ball game Cricket... but nothing close. I was thinking cricket or maybe grasshopper because of the pointy thing out the abdomen (but not a double like on a cricket)... maybe that shows it's male? Plus it has REALLLLLLLLLLLLLLY long antennae... But it's pretty!

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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 14, 2017 5:48 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
Hi Toni,

I see you posted this ages ago, unless my clock is wrong!

The rear pointy thing is the ovipositor of a female katydid, the thing by which it lays it's eggs. Males have two shorter spikes. It could be an immature one as it has no wings, there must be a lot of them in Costa Rica.

http://travel.mongabay.com/costa_rica/images/costa_rica_siqu...

http://travel.mongabay.com/costa_rica/indexes/katydids1.html
ImageSkiekitty
Apr 14, 2017 9:24 AM CST
Name: Toni
Denver Metro, Zone 5
Too many cats!!
No, it was ages ago that I posted this.. appreciate it! Aren't katydid's closely related to grasshoppers & crickets?

Sorry, they're all fish-food to me. LOLLL
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ImageJRsbugs
Apr 14, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Name: Janet
Near Lincoln UK
It seems the 'yes' hadn't shown up on my home page, I have been checking.

Yes they are related, in the same Order of Orthoptera.

Katydids are in the family Tettigoniidae, they are characterised by their long antennae.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tettigoniidae

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