Insect and Bug ID forum: Yellow bugs en masse on Black Cherry

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Apr 28, 2016 1:20 PM CST
I was checking for caterpillars today when I saw groups of these yellow and black bugs with huge antenna thingies on leaves of one of my Black Cherry volunteers. Any idea what they are? Good, bad, or just ugly?

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Apr 28, 2016 2:04 PM CST
Cute!

I found it, Giant Florida Katydid - Stilpnochlora couloniana

http://bugguide.net/node/view/...

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Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Apr 28, 2016 2:16 PM CST
Well, they're not lubber grasshoppers so I guess I can live with them. I just get a little scared when I see groups of bugs clustered together like that. I've seen adult Katydids but never knew that's how they started out. Neat!
Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
Charter ATP Member Organic Gardener Garden Photography Bee Lover Dragonflies Cat Lover
Butterflies Birds Plant Identifier I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Spiders!
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JRsbugs
Apr 28, 2016 2:29 PM CST
I found this species is a favourite for collectors around the world! You get them for free. Hilarious!

Thanks for Acorn

Name: Melanie
Lutz, Florida (Zone 9b)
Butterflies Enjoys or suffers hot summers Hummingbirder Birds Bee Lover Bookworm
Region: Florida Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Bromeliad Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant Identifier Salvias
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mellielong
Apr 28, 2016 2:37 PM CST
One tried to hitch a ride on my shoulder, but I had to brush him off. The only insects allowed in the house are caterpillars! That's so weird that people raise Katydids. But then again, some people would think I'm weird for raising caterpillars. Hilarious!

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