Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Large Cricket


Dear Mr. Saugstad,
I am giving a presentation to 6th Graders on Ecuador, where I spent 5 weeks in High School. While there, we saw a Very Large cricket, as long as the hand of the woman with whom we lived. It had spikes on it's legs, and was dusty brown (about 5" long).  We were in a drier,lower elevation portion of Ecuador, not in the jungle.  I don't need the name of the bug, but would love a photo of sorts for the presentation.  Any suggestions?
Your help is appreciated!

Dear Dori - I suspect that what you saw was one of the larger katydids native to northwestern South America. See http://tinyurl.com/a2qvbnm, http://tinyurl.com/ackpsdh, and http://tinyurl.com/b4ocfyq for a few images. If none of these are suitable for your purposes, please let me know, and I will try to dig up some others.
Hope this helps,
p.s. - I spent a couple of weeks in the lowland coastal area of northern Ecuador in 1984, but never saw any of these insects...

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Will accept most questions in general entomology, including those related to medical entomology, taxonomy, ecology, arthropod surveillance, and pest management. If you are requesting a 'mystery bug' identification, PLEASE either attach an image to your question, or post an image on a web page (such as Flickr) so that I can look at it, as verbal descriptions frequently are insufficient for a definitive identification.


21 years in the U.S. Army as a medical entomologist; duties varied from surveillance of pest populations (including mosquitoes, cockroaches, ticks, and stored products pests) to conducting research on mosquito-virus ecological relationships and mosquito faunal studies. Ten years as a civilian analyst for the Department of Defense, primarily on distribution of vector-borne diseases worldwide. Limited experience on surveillance of agricultural insects in North Dakota and Indiana.

Entomological Society of America, West Virginia Entomological Society, Society for Vector Ecology, National Speleological Society, West Virginia Association for Cave Studies.

American Journal of Public Health, Contributions of the American Entomological Institute, Japanese Journal of Sanitary Zoology, Journal of Economic Entomology, Mosquito News, and Mosquito Systematics.

B.S. in entomology from North Dakota State University in 1963, M.S. in entomology from Purdue University in 1967.

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