Katydids Insect Facts
Ommatopia pictifolia from brazil closely resembles a dead leaf, body length 1 inch (2.5 cm)
common name: katydids (long-horned grasshoppers) (u.s), bush crickets (u.k)
number of species: about 5.000 (about 250 u.s.)
size: from about 0.4 in (10 mm) to 5 in (13 cm)
key features: body form anything from long and slim to short and fat, sometimes with oranamentations on the head and thorax; jamping hind legs tend to be long and slender; forewings (the tegmina) often look live leaves,living or dead, some specias lack wings altogether; antennae long and slim, sometimes more than twice the body length; female ovipositor curved and flattened from side to side
habits: mainly active during the hours of darkness but often seen durring the day when they jump into the air and teke fligt if disturbed; some cen be found feeding on flowers durring the day.
Breeding: males usually attract females by singing; mating takes place at night and is therefore not often seen; females use ovipositors to insert their eggs into plants or the ground
Diet: most feed on plant material, while many will also eat other insects if they can catch them; some katydids are completely predaceous, only feeding on other arthropods
Habitat: among vegetation in meadows, parks, gardens, broad-leaved forests, mountains, deserts, and marshes
Distribution: widespread around the world, with the greatest variety of species in the tropics
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