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    Katydid - (Microcentrum rhombifolium)

    The Katydid looks like a leaf and has a chirp like no other.




    Staff Writer (11/15/2013): Katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sounded like someone saying, "Ka-ty-did", so the common name became that phrase. Both genders are capable of producing the sound. Katydids are related to crickets and grasshoppers, with large back legs for jumping. They have wings, however, and will fly away from danger.

    Adults are remarkably well-camouflaged for sitting on trees. Their body resembles a green leaf, even down to a detailed venation (veins in the leaf). Katydids will remain very still when on alert, but will quickly fly away when threatened, scared or disturbed. Nymphs (juveniles) have spots or speckles of black on them and eventually mature to the complete green color.

    Angle-winged katydids lay their eggs on twigs in a single row, one slightly overlapping the egg before it. The eggs are flat, almost like small pumpkin seeds, and they may might not all be the same color.

    Katydids eat the leaves from the tops of trees and bushes, where there may be fewer predators and less competition. They can be found in parks, gardens, fields and woods. Adults are most active in summer and autumn, but in Florida, the warm weather allows them to remain active all year long.


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    Details of the:
    Katydid


    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Katydid
    Scientific Name: Microcentrum rhombifolium
    Other Names: Greater Wing Katydid

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Tettigoniidae
           Genus: Microcentrum
            Species: rhombifolium

    Size (Adult, Length): 45mm to 65mm (1.77in to 2.56in)

    Identifying Colors: green

    Additional Descriptors: leaf, flat, jump, thighs


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Sasketchewan


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.