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The body was about 7 or 8cm in length.
Spotted in a bush in Shinjuku Gyoen, Tokyo.
Thanks for that information! At least I can get rid of the romanization of the Japanese name.
Hi Colin. Good job getting a scientific name. I found one common name on a Youtube link - "Oriental longheaded locust" - not as nice as what you have though. :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmjjtRRM7...
A Japanese friend ID'd this as a 'shouryou batta' ショウリョウバッタ（精霊蝗虫）, with the 'batta' meaning grasshopper. The scientific name is acrida cinerea, but I can't find a common name for it.
Thanks, Argy Bee. As the body is so slender, I didn't even think of it as being a katydid, but more likely a phasmatodea.
Looks like a bamboo mimicking katydid. Very interesting spotting.
Spotted on Oct 20, 2012 Submitted on Oct 20, 2012
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