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Short-legged Shield-back katydid

Altanticus testaceus

Description:

This is some type of hopping animal. Is it poisonous or not?

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ForestDragon
ForestDragon 6 years ago

This looks like a female Shield-backed Katydid, Subfamily Tettigoniinae. They are harmless. The long, sword-like appendage extending out from the end of the abdomen is an ovipositor. It is used to lay eggs, nothing else. :-)

http://bugguide.net/node/view/284

Savannah Martin
Spotted by
Savannah Martin

Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Jun 17, 2015
Submitted on Jun 18, 2015

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