|Copyright: Philip Rose (willow)
|Date Taken: 2006-04-28|
|Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-05-11 10:58|
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This is a species of Katadid.
Previously I never said its size - Its body was about 55mm long and had a width about 12mm.
This time it has its wings folded.
True Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers and crickets. katydids are more similar and related to crickets than grasshoppers. One of the things that makes them different from their relatives is their antennae which may be two or three times the length of their body. These antennae are covered with sensory receptors that allow katydids to find their way around in the dark, when most of them are active.
Unlike grasshoppers and crickets, both male and female katydids make sounds. They rub their forewings (front wings) together to "sing" to each other. Katydids hear each other with ears on their front legs. Katydids live in forests so usually they are heard, but not seen, spending most of their time at the tops of trees
They are also well camouflaged being leaf-green in color and growing over two inches long with oval-shaped wings with lots of veins.
Katydids have incomplete metamorphosis (egg-nymph-adult). Katydids lay their eggs in many places including the soil, stems of plants, and in bark of trees. Nymphs are very similar to the adults, except they are smaller and lack fully developed wings. The nymph goes through several moults (generally five), gradually developing into an adult.
Each time the nymph sheds its skin it looks more like an adult. Finally, after its last moult, the nymph has changed into an adult katydid.
Katydids can fly short distances when threatened, but they prefer to walk and climb. When they do fly, it is more of a downward flutter. If a katydid lands on the ground, it will walk to the nearest tree and climb.
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