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Katydid

Tettigoniidae species

Description:

Approx. 80 mm in length, leaf green colour this Katydid imitates a gum leaf perfectly, even the veins, edge colour, shapes and shades of the leaves are replicated to perfection. Also known as a Long horned Grasshopper or Bush Cricket - they are more closely related to crickets than grasshoppers. Antennae longer than body. Katydids feed on leaves, seeds, bark, flowers, some are predatory and eat insects and/or small vertebrates. Image 3 shows the Katydid and leaf accessory. Image 2 shows the Katydid with sunlight highlighting the length of the body (seen as shadow) compared to length of the wings which make up much of the body length.

Habitat:

Found in every continent except Antarctica, mostly existing happily in tropical, sub-tropical and temperate regions and habitat types. This one in dry woodland near damp section close to creek.

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New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on May 9, 2014
Submitted on May 9, 2014

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