Saturday, August 20, 2011

The singing Katydid

We have noticed these green insects on our house for awhile. This is a Oblong-winged Katydid . They are just amazing to look at. I took some photos last night and here they are. Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers and crickets. They grow over two inches long and are leaf-green in color.Katydids have oval-shaped wings with lots of veins. They resemble leaves. True Katydids live in forests, thickets, or fields with lots of shrubs or trees. Katydids spend most of their time at the tops of trees where most of the leaves are. Usually katydids are heard, but not seen. The false katydid gets its name from the rapid “tic-tic-tic-tic” sound it makes, unlike the more traditional katydid call. They are short winged, have greenish to brown bodies that grow up to 2 ½ inches long. They have long antennae and hind legs for jumping. Males generate their sound by rubbing their wings together.

Oblong-winged Katydid Amblycorypha oblongifolia

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