Can You Identify this Creature?

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Real Estate Agent with Regent Property Group 0480809

Name this Creature... I thought it was a Grasshopper, but as I got closer and closer to it, I don't think it's a grasshopper.

The body looks to be made out of a leaf.  This was on my back patio for hours yesterday, just enjoying the shade, and late afternoon, Alyssa accidentally stepped on it... I helped it over to the grass and I saw it limping away, but have no idea if it survived the crunch. 

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I put a quarter by it so size wouldn't be in question.  The antenna goes out of the picture screen, that's LONG! And look how long those legs are!  I don't think it's a grasshopper... what other ideas do you have?

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Kristin Moran
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Thanks for the quarter shot, helps to visualize the size!  :D.  I have no clue what it, looks like it could be in the cricket family.  Perhaps a cousin?

June 14, 2009 10:16 AM #1
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Joseph D. Federico
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Donna-I had heard that things were bigger in Texas, but I have no idea what that  green monster is. Here in Boston we do have a green monster but it is at Fenway Park!

June 14, 2009 10:28 AM #2
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Terrie Leighton
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Sorry Donna ~ No clue either! But I do agree with Kristin, looks like a cousin to the cricket family. It is a great shot of, whatever it is though. So did Alyssa scream when she saw it? Or is she good with bugs?

June 14, 2009 10:29 AM #3
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Steve Hoffacker
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Donna,

I wonder if it's a katydid. They can be several inches in length but they have this color and texture. :)

Steve

June 14, 2009 10:34 AM #4
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
HOM Sotheby's Intl Realty, 949-510-2395 - Laguna Beach, CA
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Ok....cause I love you and I'm bored, I guess......How about a Katydid? I've been trying to send you a link....but google it :)

 

 

June 14, 2009 10:35 AM #5
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Ken Tracy
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Naperville - Naperville, IL
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Hi Donna.  I am no expert, but I think it's a BUG!

:)

Ken

June 14, 2009 10:36 AM #6
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Realtor
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Good one Ken.....you are certainly going to be the first one I call to identify "guests" in my garden :)

June 14, 2009 10:45 AM #7
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Where did you pull "Katydid" out of??  I have NEVER heard of such a thing.  I did Google it and it says it likes the tropics.  I can't say I live in the tropics, so I think it's lost!

No Alyssa didn't react to it at all.  I don't think she grasps the "ickiness" of bugs yet... except she hates flies and is very good at yelling "go away" and swishing her arms around at them.

June 14, 2009 10:45 AM #8
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Gary Woltal
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I agree with Steve, it looks like a Katydid to me. We had them all over the place Donna where I grew up in Florida.

June 14, 2009 11:24 AM #9
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Karen Anne Stone
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Donna:  I am surprised you've never heard of Katydids.  They make a horrible noise during the summertime.  But, back to this one.  It is obvious to me that it is NOT a grasshopper.  Since part of it looks like a small leaf, it should also be obvious that it is a "leafhopper."  Sheesh !

June 14, 2009 11:33 AM #10
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Gary, I see Florida being a "tropical" place...

Karen Anne, Lots of bugs make horrible noises, especially the locust.  I want to kill them all!  And I looked up a picture of a leafhopper and it's definitely not that.

June 14, 2009 12:35 PM #11
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Brenda Harmon
Century 21 Beal, Inc College Station, Texas - College Station, TX

Cicada?  I am not up on my insects.

Whoa, wait a minute. I live in Texas.

I am most knowledgeable about fire ants, fleas, mosquitoes, and gnats.

Geeeeeeeeeee!

June 14, 2009 02:45 PM #12
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

Brenda, No, the Cicada looks more like a locust... I know fire ants as I'm very allergic, and I can't seem to get the nasty gnats out of my new home!!!

June 14, 2009 09:23 PM #13
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I got nothing. I tried to google many things to find a picture that looked like the one above but had no luck. I'll keep trying and see what I can find out... just cause Im curious.  And the poor thing.. why not put it out of its misery after it was stepped on. It will either be eaten (alive) or will die from starvation since it can not beat up its food anymore. :-(

June 16, 2009 02:59 AM #14
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Donna Harris
Regent Property Group - Austin, TX
Realtor, CDPE & ASP - Hill Country Lakeway Austin

I need help figuring out the creature in the below link...

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1150204/can-you-identity-this-creature-

 

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