Strange bug

Having lived in England, I am conscious of the amount and variety of bugs we have in Durban, especially in summer. But this one in particular caught my attention. I was sitting in my lounge one night and heard an unusual whining sound, like that of an animal. I looked around the house  for the source of the sound and eventually found this large, luminous green insect, and manage to snap a few pics. Has anyone come across this bug and heard the weird noise it makes?

Strange bug 1

Strange bug 1

Strange bug 2

Strange bug 2

5 Responses to Strange bug

  1. Ross January 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm #

    I grew up in Kloof, and we often had these flying in to our place at night. I always thought they were Cicadas but can’t say for sure?

  2. Ross January 27, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    You got me thinking, so I looked it up – its a bladder grasshopper…

  3. Shaggy January 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm #

    Hey isn’t this a Katydid? I remember once having a similar experience, with the strange noises etc.

  4. Niall January 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm #

    pity you didn’t take a video – would be cool to hear the noise it made …

  5. mol-d January 27, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    @ ross: is the bladder in its name linked to the sound it makes?

    @shag-e: or is it a katydid?

    what’s the difference?

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