I found this video in my internet wanderings. This is the kinda bug I would find as a kid during trips to see relatives, and I always got super excited. Honestly, I’d still be super excited! We don’t get anything quite like this in the NorthWest.
This is Neobarrettia spinosa, or the Giant Texas Katydid or Greater Arid-Land Predaceous Katydid. I found this video over here. They have a bunch of other photos and info about their katydids on that page, including photos of the eggs.
These “little” beasts are predatory, and not only eat other insects, but will consume small reptiles as well.
If you take a close look at their jaws, you won’t be surprised that Neobarrettia spinosa can draw blood if it bites you. They aren’t aggressive, however, so if you leave it alone, you’ll be fine.
Of course, finding these pictures led to some more searching and some other fantastic katydids.
Central American Pit Bull katydid or Liromoetopum coronatum:
This fantastic photo by Piotr Naskerecki over at thesmallermajority.com makes me grin. Some bugs are pretty cute.
Small Leaf Katydid:
Lichen Mimic Katydid:
A beetle mimic katydid from Madagascar. If anyone can help ID this, let me know!