I had my cup of water outside with me, went inside for a few minutes, came back outside and this insect almost found out what was unpleasant about being drunk.

It's 1-2cm long, mostly black, with some white spots on the back. The bottom of the abdomen was also white/gray & black striped.

What did I almost drink? Almost discovered what's so unpleasant about being drunk coin in the bottom of the cup for scale

Update: I saw another one of these at the park - it's rear legs were positioned like a stink bug, and before I could take any pictures of it, it flew off. It had a sustained flight, like a wasp, rather than say a grasshopper.

  • $\begingroup$ A better close-up, something for scale, and a photo of the underside would be helpful... $\endgroup$
    – arboviral
    Aug 11, 2016 at 16:12
  • $\begingroup$ @arboviral I've added another pic of the cup with a US quarter, since the bug is long gone. The bug was roughly the same size. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2016 at 17:37
  • $\begingroup$ That sure looks an awful lot like a cricket. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2016 at 20:14
  • $\begingroup$ I've never seen a cricket like that. It was skinnier/longer than a cricket, and I think it may have had wings (though I could be wrong on that). You can kind of see the two white "L" shaped spots on the back - they were quite white IRL. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2016 at 20:40
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    $\begingroup$ Your comment got me looking again and I found this eastern leaf-footed bug that's very similar. The distinction I see - it's not a straight white bar on the back, and the hind legs aren't "leafy". $\endgroup$ Sep 22, 2016 at 13:43


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