Category Archives: Orthoptera

grasshoppers, katydids, crickets

Katydid: Gampsocleis buergeri

These huge katydids (bush-crickets) are everywhere at the moment. They sit perfectly camouflaged on leaves and then half jump, half crawl into the foliage making so much disturbance that it’s like a much larger animal is lurking there. Once you … Continue reading

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Patanga japonica

Orthoptera: Catantopidae Patanga japonica = tsuchi-inago Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo) Map: Google map link

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Green Bush-Cricket

In England we call these green bush-crickets, while they are called katydids in America. This bush-cricket had only one hind leg, but I took the photos from its “good side” and it posed nicely against the sky with a few autumn leaves … Continue reading

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Small Bush-Cricket

Quite a small bush-cricket (kirigirisu) with green sides and a brown top. Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae (katydids/bush-crickets) Conocephalus melas = sasakiri Location: Path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

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Locust nymph

This species of locust (tsuchi-inago) is very common. The adults are quite large (up to 6cm) but not as big as the migratory locust (tonosama-bata). Orthoptera: Catantopidae Patanga japonica Locust = tsuchi-inago Location: path near Hyoutan Pond (map)

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Locust

This is the same species of migratory locust (em>tonosama-bata) that is famous (infamous) as a pest in Africa. We get plenty of them here in Japan, but they don’t swarm like they do in Africa (at least not to my … Continue reading

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Longheaded grasshopper

The female of this species is really huge, almost 8cm long in some cases, which makes it Japan’s largest grasshopper. As you can see in the photo, the male/female size difference is considerable. Although the distance they jump can be … Continue reading

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Mole Cricket

We found this oriental mole cricket (kera) under an advertising signboard at night. Mole crickets don’t just look like moles, with their spade-like front legs, they also behave like moles, living in underground tunnels and eating worms and grubs (as … Continue reading

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Camel Cricket

I’ve built a patio in the garden and it has benches consisting of cemented concrete blocks with wood on top. These are hollow so that we can store things inside them. Anyway, I lifted the lid of an empty one … Continue reading

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