This is from the same location, Maitland, Orange County, where the Broad-Necked Root Borer came and was posted a week ago. The little seeds where the (two-hundred or so) insects hatched from have been there for several weeks and I didn’t know what they were. The seeds were attached to a black net that resembles the same shape as the seeds themselves. The seeds appear as some kind of insect-creation… a seed-looking fungus maybe; but I didn’t think anything living was about to hatch out of there…. Until a week ago when I noticed all the fuzz over the seeds, and saw the little cricket-looking insects standing up there, waiting and moving their tentacles, but not jumping, flying or running away from me. That black net is located on a tennis court, and they were about 50 feet away from grass & nature. The things were there for several days and nights. Don’t know how they survived under the heat during the day because there is no shade in that area. I didn’t know if there was a mother insect that feeds those things, or if not a mother insect, then were they hatched at the wrong place, far away from food and nutrients, and waited for their rescue? Or, hatched away from nature maybe was a good thing for them, as they were safe from predators. Then the rain and wind finally came, and they weren’t seen anymore; if they weren’t able to escape prior to that, then perhaps they perished.
Since these critters are so new it is hard to know for sure but they look like katydid nymphs. The eggs are laid in clusters usually on a host type tree or shrub.
If you had a storm go thru perhaps they were blown to a host plant so at least some survived.
Katydids feed on various plants, but are not pests of the garden.