Here’s another of our late summer melodious insects! Their sound organs are located at the front of their wings. They are green, have antennae that are two to three times as long as they are. As adults, they have wings, which resemble leaves and blends easily with plant or tree leaves. Their diet consists of leaves, fruits, and stems. However, some species are carnivorous and will prey on other insects. Their length ranges from about one and one-half inches to about six inches.
Their life starts as an egg, then it hatches into a nymph, which looks like a katydid with black spots, but with no wings. From there they grow wings, and turn the green color that we know them in adulthood. Their total life span is approximately one year from the time they are laid as an egg to the end of their adult life. If they live in the tropics, then their life span is extended into several years, as they don’t have to survive the winter.
Most katydids are nocturnal.
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