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Katydid

Tettigoniidae

Description:

Tettigoniids may be distinguished from grasshoppers by the length of their filamentous antennae, which may exceed their own body length, while grasshoppers' antennae are always relatively short and thickened. The males of tettigoniids have sound-producing organs (via stridulation) located on the hind angles of their front wings. In some species females are also capable of stridulation. The males provide a nuptial gift for the females in the form of a spermatophylax, a body attached to the males' spermatophore which is consumed by the female. The function of the spermatophylax is to increase the attachment time of the males' spermatophore and thereby increase his paternity.[1] The eggs of tettigoniids are typically oval shaped and laid in rows on the host plant.

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2 Comments

Hema
Hema 9 years ago

lovely.

e s c
e s c 9 years ago

Looks like some kind of Katydid.

Hector Trevino
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Hector Trevino

Sugar Land, Texas, USA

Spotted on Dec 19, 2011
Submitted on Dec 21, 2011

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