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    This little grasshopper, which has less than half an inch, I was watching a few days how it was walking along the leaves of Trichopilia tortilis. Since I did not see any damage on the leaves, I thought that maybe it is on the diet. But when I suddenly saw the traces of its hunger, I abandoned it hospitality:
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    I haven't seen a grasshopper like that before. Very long back legs.

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    They sure can do some damage. Glad you found him before he got too busy.

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    interesting looking hopper, just no good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicki View Post
    I haven't seen a grasshopper like that before. Very long back legs.
    In case anyone is up for a zoology lesson for today ...

    It's a katydid -- a close relative of grasshoppers belonging to the same Order but a completely different Family.

    If it's any consolation, Branka, the damage you indicated in your pictures is unlikely to have been caused by your visitor.

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    Tnx Paul for this lesson, it's good to know: recently I also had something similar on the leaves of Phalaenopsis, probably was a real grasshopper, because it was much larger, ate half of the new leaf. This time I didn't see anything like that so obviously considered that this damage on the leaf is it's job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    In case anyone is up for a zoology lesson for today ...

    It's a katydid -- a close relative of grasshoppers belonging to the same Order but a completely different Family.

    If it's any consolation, Branka, the damage you indicated in your pictures is unlikely to have been caused by your visitor.
    thanks pavel, always good to know if they cause harm or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    In case anyone is up for a zoology lesson for today ...

    It's a katydid -- a close relative of grasshoppers belonging to the same Order but a completely different Family.

    If it's any consolation, Branka, the damage you indicated in your pictures is unlikely to have been caused by your visitor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by walingwaling View Post
    thanks pavel, always good to know if they cause harm or not.
    Oh, well to clarify, katydids can indeed cause harm too -- just as their grasshopper relatives. My point was just that the damage shown in Branka's pics was not the type of damage that would caused by them. Having a leaf or flower chomped on would be typical damage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Oh, well to clarify, katydids can indeed cause harm too -- just as their grasshopper relatives. My point was just that the damage shown in Branka's pics was not the type of damage that would caused by them. Having a leaf or flower chomped on would be typical damage.
    gotcha!

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