Also known as the predatory bush cricket, the spiked magician is a species of sagine bush cricket (Saginae) which occurs from southern Europe and western Asia from the Iberian peninsula across central Europe and central Asia to China. Sage pedo is known to inhabit both dry and wet meadows, pastures, scrubland, and even grain fields/vineyards. True to its common name Saga pedo is indeed predatory and will feed on a range of other insects. It earns its other common name due to the “enchating” way it moves its forelimbs as it approaches its prey.
Acanthoplus discoidalis is a wide-bodied, flightless species that typically grows to a body length of about 5 cm. The pronotum bears several sharp, conical spines. The mandibles, or main biting jaws,
are powerful; they can inflict a painful nip and they permit the insect
to feed on material such as tough herbage or carrion.
Found this giant bush katydid (probably Northern Bush Katydid, Scudderia septentrionalis) on my garage door the other night. There must be a ton of these out in the woods, based on the chorus of chirps we’re hearing every night.
Macroxiphus is a genus of unusual katydids (Tettigoniidae) that are distributed throughout South East Asia and Micronesia. Members of Macroxiphus are unique in that their larvae are exceptional ant mimics, and use their mimicry to trick potential predators into thinking they are harmful ants. Macroxiphus spp. will lose this disguise as they move on into adulthood.
I found this katydid during winter break attracted to light from a window. Katydids have some formidable mandibles, they will nip if accosted by hands picking them up. I learned that from personal experience with a different katydid during my entomology class. Normally they munch on leaves.