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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-19-2006, 04:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question What kind of insect is this?

I found this on my back door just a few minutes ago. He was awfully big to be finding at 5:30AM as I'm letting the dogs in.
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Katydid (..did not! ...did too!)

I'd have to have it in hand to be sure of the exact species.

Here is an online key to identification if you really want to look it up.

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Wow! Im sure they are harmless, but I would have probably screamed!! Haha!


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post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-19-2006, 10:55 AM
 
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There are a lot of Katydids in PR. We call them "Esperanza" and people think it's good luck to find one. 8) I think they are cute. 8)

Once I was at my aunts house and we were in the patio talking and my sisters says "look, an esperanza" and I turn around "where?" and the thing flew and landed on my eyeglasses. I surely didn't wanted to see it that close!!! LOL I grabbed it and put it on a plant far away from us.
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I thought you were a Southern Girl!! Yep, Katydid is my answer too.
I don't think I'd want to come face-to-face with one at 5:30 a.m. though, even if they are harmless little critters.

When we were in Puerto Rico we didn't see many katydids, but there were a million of some kinds of little frogs that you didn't see so much as hear. Oh my goodness they liked to talk!! What are they called? I remember pictures of them on shirts, stuffed ones, etc.

We've had so much rain this season that so far we've fished 5 frogs (small ones) and one swimming mole out of the pool. I don't like the idea of being in the water with any of them!

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When we were in Puerto Rico we didn't see many katydids, but there were a million of some kinds of little frogs that you didn't see so much as hear. Oh my goodness they liked to talk!! What are they called? I remember pictures of them on shirts, stuffed ones, etc.
Those are coquies!!! I love them!!!! There are 16 different species of them in PR and 2 that are already extinct . Only 2 of them do the "coqui" sound, the rest do different kinds of chirping and other noises. And people in Hawaii don't like them... heh.

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I thought you were a Southern Girl!! Yep, Katydid is my answer too.
I don't think I'd want to come face-to-face with one at 5:30 a.m. though, even if they are harmless little critters.
I'm a transplant from Ohio, remember?

Thanks for the answers. I knew I'd seen them before, but wasn't too thrilled to have him in my face as I opened the door to let the pups in!

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yeah - it's a katydid

they are really fun to play with! next time you see one gently pinch its leaf-like wings together and it will chirp!! gentle bugs are so much fun!
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Padfoot - thanks for the answers on the frogs. I loved listening to them but we could never catch sight of one!!

Sorry, Jade. I did forget that you weren't an original Southerner. That's okay - you're a good ol' gal anyway!

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No problem, Critter. If you want to see a couple more pics I have, feel free to PM me. These guys seem to love getting into my room or bathroom and I have to take them out... plus I have taken some pics of them on the outdoors too. 8)
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Those are coquies!!! I love them!!!! There are 16 different species of them in PR and 2 that are already extinct . Only 2 of them do the "coqui" sound, the rest do different kinds of chirping and other noises. And people in Hawaii don't like them... heh.

They had a whole Dora the Explore episode on these frogs (I have seen it about 100 times).... I think they are much cuter IRL than in the cartoon. One of my daughters Dora dolls actually has the little frog that sits on Dora's hand and does the little "coqui" sound.
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They had a whole Dora the Explore episode on these frogs (I have seen it about 100 times).... I think they are much cuter IRL than in the cartoon. One of my daughters Dora dolls actually has the little frog that sits on Dora's hand and does the little "coqui" sound.
Awww, that's cute!!! Now I like Dora... lol
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I found a katydid sitting on my porch last night. I nearly stepped on it, but looked down at the last second because I thought I saw a cat.
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Sorry Jade have no idea but it looks like tarantula food to me.
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post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 12-31-2006, 05:37 PM
 
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that is scary.. lol im not a HUGE fan of bugs..
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