Tag Archives: Tettigoniidae

Eupholidoptera pallipes Willemse & Kruseman

Pale-legged Marbled Bush-Cricket (Eupholidoptera pallipes)

The Pale-legged Marbled Bush-Cricket was described in 1976, it is, or maybe was, restricted to its type locality, apparently near the Linoseli spring in the Lefka Ori Mountains on the island of Crete, Greece.

The species was apparently only ever found once and is now believed to be extinct.


edited: 03.11.2020

Banza sp. ‘Hawai’i’

Giant Hawaiian Katydid (cf. Banza sp.)

Hawaiian tradition tells us of a large cricket-like insect, called ‘uhini pa’awela, that lived in the Ka’u District of the island of Hawai’i, and which was a favorite food among the natives until the late 1800s – a few of these animals roasted on a skewer provided a full meal.

There are no surviving specimens of that species, and it is speculated that it was a large cricket, perhaps a Banza or Thaumatogryllus sp.. [1]



[1] F. G. Howarth; W. P. Mull: Hawaiian Insects and their kin. University of Hawaii Press 1992


edited: 15.01.2019

Neduba extincta Rentz

Antioch Shieldback Katydid (Neduba extincta)  

The Antioch Shieldback Katydid is known from only a single male specimen, which was collected in the year 1937 in the Antioch Dunes in the San Francisco Bay Delta in the Californian Contra Costa County.  

Yet the species was described only in the year 1977, forty years after the only known specimen was collected.  

The habitat of this species, the Antioch Dunes, are an only about 28,3 ha large area, which was heavily damaged by urbanization, industrialization, sand mining, agricultural land conversion but also by driving off-road vehicles, uncontrolled fires and other human impacts, but which is now mostly under conservation.  



[1] D. C. F. Rentz: A new and apparently extinct katydid from Antioch Sand Dunes (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae). Entomol. News 88: 241-245. 1977


edited: 21.09.2020

Acilacris furcatus Naskrecki

Mount Coke False Shieldback (Acilacris furcatus)

The Mount Coke False Shieldback was described in 1996 based on specimens that had been collected in 1965; the species was restricted to a single, small locality in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.

The species was not found since its discovery and might be extinct.


edited: 17.11.2021