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Baby Cricket

Baby Cricket
Alexandria, Fairfax County, Virginia, USA
July 1, 2009
Size: ~ 2-3 mm
Is that what it is? I've never seen one so tiny before!

a little progress - definitely a Bush Cricket nymph

Thanks! :)

I photographed something similar in Nicaragua
..and it turned out to be a scaly cricket.

This is very Katydid-esk,
But those big cerci are very Cricket-esk. I think it is better to put these very young nymphs here under Ensifera until somebody recognizes them.

Best Guess is a Shieldback Katydid of some sort, but I might be very wrong.

Sorry about the shuffling around, but this really doesn't look like a Cricket to me, and I shouldn't have put it there (I have now taken the look-alikes out of Crickets).

Moved from True Crickets.

No problem!
Maybe one day these guys will be figured out. I haven't run across another, but if I do, maybe I could capture it and see if I can keep it to adulthood to see what it becomes.

It would be fun
to see the results.

Tentatively moved to Crickets,
Where two other photos of something similar are also tentatively residing for the moment.

Moved from Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids.

thank you!

katydid nymph
That's a very young katydid. Maybe in Phaneropterinae (False Katydids).
I think..

I'm not sure...
The katydid nymphs seem to have stubbier round bodies with really long back legs, and I don't think they have the twin cerci at the back like that. But I could be wrong! I see some crickets in the Guide that look like they could have started this way, but are probably older, like this one:

twin cerci
That difference I did notice, and probably didn't think about it enough. The overall appearance looked katydid at first glance. You may be right. I definitely don't claim to be an expert. More a photographer than a taxonomist, and I'm always learning too. :)

I also see that the legs of yours are maybe a little bit shorter in relation to the body than the katydids.

Me too
but it's fun to learn! =)

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