found 3/6/2013 in Citrus springs, Florida. It is smaller than a nickel
What is this beautiful creature?
Nymph of a long-horned grasshopper (family Tettigoniidae); this group includes true, false, and bush katydids, some of which can appear in both green and pink morphs.
Really nice pic. and specimen.
Flapdoodle, I'm a novice at bug ID but was curious if this is Psinidia fenestralis, Longhorn band-wing grasshopper which appears to be common in Florida? If it is I will offer to set up a guide page so that drivingmebuggy can add this nice image to DG guides for future reference.
Thank you Flapdoodle for your quick reply. I had an idea it may have been in the grasshopper family, but the wings looked like plant leaves.
Shorthog, I would be glad to add this picture for a reference. I just joined DG yesterday, so I am a total novice on how I would accomplish that.
Flapdoodle, I'm confused. You indicted that this was a grasshopper but gave the family name for katydids. I agree that it looks like a katydid nymph. Since some oblong-winged katydids can be rarely pink, could this be a nymph of this species?
Flapdoodle, thanks for the reference. Never to old (70+) to learn more. Here's a real pink grasshopper which I saw in Feb. It's a nymph of Northern green striped grasshopper.
It is now my understanding that the generic term "Long horn grasshopper" refers to katydids and not true grasshoppers. Thus drivemebuggy's specimen is a katydid nymph.
's O.K. shorthog - I'm 70+ myself, and every day, I usually find something else I've been unaware of (often pointed out to me by my wife)... ;-)
Drivemebuggy, if you are satisfied with the ID you can close the thread. In addition, you might be able to get genius / species via ID request at BugGuide.net if you wish to pursue further.