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Old 07-06-2013, 04:27 PM
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Grasshopper in the greenhouse

Should it live or die? I have a couple of praying mantis egg sacks in there, but i've not see any babies yet. I found this guy on a wilting Enc cochleata bloom.

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:34 PM
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Hard to tell from the photo, but it may be a katydid. I presume that's an ovipositor on it's rear, so it might be looking for a safe place to lay eggs.

Either way, I probably wouldn't kill it, but I would evict it. A lot of creatures that would normally leave your orchids alone will snack on buds and the tips of roots. I really hate finding holes in the flowers from where insects have taken a nibble of the buds when they were developing.

This goes double if it is a grasshopper. I've seen one of the larger species bite off entire spikes of oncidiums, and chew off every last exposed root tip from a cattleya.
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:44 AM
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Whichever it is, katydid or grasshopper, it can do a ton of damage to not only buds/spikes but also the leaves of plants.

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Old 07-07-2013, 07:11 AM
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Whichever it is, katydid or grasshopper, it can do a ton of damage to not only buds/spikes but also the leaves of plants.

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Totally agree after seeing what one insect can do in a night of eating new flower spikes.
Looks to me like a katydid and they love to lay eggs in orchid pots.

Take him with you on the next trip into the country and place on a nice patch of grass,
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:29 AM
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Yes, at least evict the katydid outside to a spot away from your G/H. I have not seen them acting as serious pests with orchids etc., but without their natural outdoor diet, the might munch your plants.
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That looks like a katydid..agree with everyone..I would try to move it outside your greenhouse..it loves nibbling on the leaves.
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Definitely evict it! Are praying mantis good to have around? I wasn't sure...
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Better mantids than snails or slugs..that's for sure!
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Definitely evict it! Are praying mantis good to have around? I wasn't sure...
Yes as they are more a carnivore type insect and love to eat bugs, flys even seen them grab and eat a bee once
When I live in Canberra ACT I had a big hedge out front of the house and they live in there in the thousand.
I use to bring nest back into the greenhouse in Autumn after I did my annual pruning.
They would hatch in spring and a few would stay in the greenhouse for the rest of the year and some even laid their eggs inside the greenhouse.
Certainly kept down the flying pests
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That is a katydid they eat leaves made a mess of my out door plants a couple years ago (lillies) evict it!!!
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