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Hi loriamm and welcome to Project Noah! This is a beautiful cricket you have here as your first spotting. One easy way to tell crickets (and katydids) from grasshoppers is to look at the antennae. Crickets (and katydids) have long, thin, thread-like antennae, grasshoppers have shorter thicker antennae. Your cricket looks like a female Bush Cricket of some type. It is in the Subfamily Hapithinae. I don't know the species found in your area but I bet you could find out if you did a little research. You can identify females from male crickets because they have an ovipositor (the long sword-like thing coming off the end of the abdomen). You can just see the end of the ovipositor sticking out from the end of the wings.This could be Orocharis saltator (Jumping Bush Cricket). I think it is found in your area. Here is a link to the bugguide page for this species:http://bugguide.net/node/view/166985
Spotted on Nov 16, 2012 Submitted on Nov 17, 2012