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Anybody know what this insect is?

While inspecting my Kentucky Wonder Beans the other day I found this:

[img]http://www.zone9garden.com/images/061009pest.gif[/img]

It is shaped like a grasshopper but I have never seen this one before! I live in Central Florida (zone 9) anybody know what I have?

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Pebbles
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:shock:

Zone9 - no idea honey - just glad we haven't seen anything like that here in England.

However, who is to say he is not a good guy :wink:

Hope somebody here can help you - and - of course - welcome!

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Pebbles,
Thanks for the welcome! And it would be awesome if it were a beneficial insect; I think it is neat looking! Well here is to hope!

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I thought the insect had the look of being the nymph stage. A quick search located this katydid nymph that looks similar. I've seen a green form of hopper that looks similar to your orange one.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/110447

Here is another series of photos. Look very similar to your insect.

http://www.pbase.com/glassgarden/katydid
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alex,
While none of those look exactly the same, they are VERY similar... You may be on to something... I think it may be a katydid type nymph... I will keep looking!

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This image from bug guide looks very similar. Is almost certainly of the genus scudderia.

Interesting comment from the site:
" it's more red than the ones we usually see, but the pattern and banded antennae both fit. We have a whole section for these Scudderia nymphs in the guide, as apparently they can't be identified beyond genus at this stage."

http://bugguide.net/node/view/149534/bgimage
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I have seen those cute little bugs before. I have no idea what they are.

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