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  • Greater Arid-Land Katydid - (Neobarrettia spinosa)

    Greater Arid-Land Katydid - (Neobarrettia spinosa)

    The pink eyes and spiky legs of the enormous Greater Arid-land Katydid make it difficult to miss.

    Staff Writer (6/25/2014): Greater Arid-land Katydids are relatives of the grasshopper. Katydids have long antennae while grasshoppers have shorter ones. They have short wings are are capable of flight. Long hind legs also make them good jumpers. This species preys on smaller insects and flashes brightly patterned hindwings when threatened or disturbed.

    They are found in a variety of arid habitats. Desert shrubs like creosote and jojoba as well as cacti are resting places. They have also been seen in woody areas in addition to open fields. The Greater Arid-land Katydid grows large enough to fill the entire hand of an adult. Spikes on its legs may be used to create a species-specific noise which could aid in identifying it. Females have an ovipositor, a long spine-like 'tail', that is used for depositing eggs.

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    Greater Arid-Land Katydid

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Greater Arid-Land Katydid
    Scientific Name: Neobarrettia spinosa

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Tettigoniidae
           Genus: Neobarrettia
            Species: spinosa

    Size (Adult, Length): 40mm to 110mm (1.57in to 4.33in)

    Identifying Colors: green, black, gray, blue, pink

    Additional Descriptors: large, grasshopper, eyes, wings, flying, spiky

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Arizona, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

    * 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.

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