“Spiked Magician” (Saga pedo)

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.


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Image: Christophe BERNIER


Armoured Bush Cricket (Acanthoplus discoidalis)

… AKA Armoured Ground katydid, Bradyporinae, a subfamily of the katydid family (Tettigoniidae). The species is native to parts of Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 

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.

Another defense against predators is reflex bleeding (also called “autohaemorrhaging” in which the insects squirt haemolymph from pores in their exoskeleton, achieving a range of a few centimetres…

(read more: Wikipedia)

photographs: SoniaSoma and RudiBosbouer


The TOP TEN ORTHOPTERAN images taken in 2015 and posted to itchydogimages on Flickr (according to Flickr’s “interestingness” algorithm).

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by Sinobug (itchydogimages) on Flickr.
Pu’er, Yunnan, China

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Genus: Macroxiphus

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.



Image: Muhammad Mahdi Karim


Spiny devil katydid, Panacanthus cuspidatus
from the Amazon rainforest near Puyo, Ecuador
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