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  • Eastern Shieldback Katydid - (Atlanticus spp.)

    Eastern Shieldback Katydid - (Atlanticus spp.)

    Eastern Shieldbacks are a group of native katydids sporting a robust pronotum that looks a lot like an armor plate.

    Staff Writer (11/2/2017): Eastern Shieldbacks are related to crickets and grasshoppers. They are not able to fly, but they may bite. The thick pronotum resembling a shield helped inform their common name.

    They are found in the eastern part of the U.S. in forests and woodlands. Though they can't fly, they do jump and long, strong legs allow them to cover some distance when threatened. Females have a long curved ovipositor protruding from the abdomen that is used to deposit fertilized eggs into the soil. It is not a stinger.

    Eastern Shieldbacks are not picky eaters and will consume a variety of plant matter and insects.

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    Eastern Shieldback Katydid

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Eastern Shieldback Katydid
    Scientific Name: Atlanticus spp.

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Tettigoniidae
           Genus: Atlanticus
            Species: spp.

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 35mm (0.98in to 1.38in)

    Identifying Colors: brown

    Additional Descriptors: biting, jumping, thick, cricket

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

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