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Red-headed Bush Cricket - Phyllopalpus pulchellus - female

Red-headed Bush Cricket - Phyllopalpus pulchellus - Female
Elisabeth Furnace (National Forest campground), South of Front Royal / North of Luray, Virginia, USA
August 4, 2006
Size: 2/3-3/4 "
Found this very odd small cricket in our motor home while traveling North through Virginia. We had come up from the Carolinas and Georgia in the last two weeks so could have picked it up at any time. She had an ovipositer, so appeared to be adult but was very small and delicate with very long antenae that she vibrated continually. She also had two large clublike mouthparts that she constantly tapped against my finger like feelers. Her yellow legs and purplish body colors were unlike any cricket I have ever come across (and I study insects constantly as I travel across the country). She never hopped during several minutes of picture taking and examination but walked all over my hands until placed on the ground.

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Red-headed Bush Cricket - Phyllopalpus pulchellus - female Red-headed Bush Cricket - Phyllopalpus pulchellus - female Red-headed Bush cricket - Phyllopalpus pulchellus - female

Clarification for a newcomer
Since this is the first submission I have ever sent to Bugguide, I will have to ask a stupid Newbie question. Having looked at the pictures of the Red-headed Bush Crickets recommended as this species, I am convinced that was it. The head color on the one I found was darker than most already pictured but structurally she was identical. So am I supposed to do anything more such as move these pictures to the Red-headed Bush Cricket section? Or will someone else do that if they decide they should be saved there? Thank you all for the prompt identification of one of the more unusual finds of my latest trip. I actually do have plenty more pictures of species that I already know and a few still uncertain, so I will try to post more as my time allows.

How to move your pix:
Click on the Tag All link right above your set of thumbnails, click on one of the cricket thumbnails in the below comments (a shortcut), click on Images tab, then click on Move Tagged Images. You're done.

I'll Second It Being A 'Cricket'...
...but I thought that Phyllopalpus pulchellus was considered a sword-tailed cricket or trig, whose common name was 'handsome trig'? Did the bush cricket and sword-tailed cricket/trig subfamilies get merged or something? Kinda hope not, because 'trig' is just more fun to say, especially if you adopt a Foghorn Leghorn voice...("That's not a bush cricket, son, that's a trig!")...:D

Immature katydid, family Tettigoniidae
There are many, many katydid species and this is one of them. The long antennae and up-curved ovipositer are katydid traits. Someone may be able to name the genus if not species.

We hope to see more insect photos from your travels :-)

Wrong, first time ever
Not! After making my above remarks I was leafing through the Orthoptera photos of Marshall's "Insects: Their Natural History and Diversity" and saw plenty of images that ran counter to what I thought I had learned about grasshoppers and katydids, so it is little surprise that I stand corrected.

Very neat insect though. I know I can't go wrong saying that :-)

Are you sure?
Here's a species of winged bush cricket (Family Trigoniidae) that has both of those traits: .

I am in agreement about wanting to see more insect photos from his travels, though.

Actually I think Cricket was correct. This looks like a Red-headed Bush Cricket (Phyllopalpus pulchellus) to me.