Entomology (Study of Bugs)/mystery bug


front porch bug
front porch bug  
Found  this big fella hanging fromthe ceiling our front porch this morning.  His body is about 3 to 4" long, notcounting his legs or antennae.   I could not tell if he has wings.  His face looks like a cross between a shrimp and a grasshopper.   I live on the coastline of the Atlantic,central Florida

Dear Dan - Because of the angle at which this image was taken, I cannot be absolutely certain, but I believe that it is a Florida true katydid, Lea floridensis (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae; subfamily Pseudophyllinae) - see http://tinyurl.com/nfro7j5 for an image. Very little appears to be known about the habits of this species other than that specimens have been collected in scrub oaks, palmettos, and vine-covered undergrowth habitats and that captive specimens have been noted to feed on the foliage of dwarf live oak.

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Ed Saugstad


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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