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Greater Angle-wing Katydid (Microcentrum rhombifolium)

Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Greater Angle-wing Katydid

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Sharp lines and a tapered end on the Greater Angle-wing Katydid still give the illusion of a narrow leaf.

Updated: 07/06/2021; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Katydids are great leaf mimics. Bright green bodies, wings and heads are common among this type of insect. The Greater Angle-wing is no exception. Veins on the wings look like the veins on a leaf. The wings are longer than the body and overlap each other when closed. The tip of the wings comes to a point, much like a willow leaf. Antennae are shorter than most other types of katydids. Its song alternates between slow lisps and fast clicks.

Females lay white, flat eggs in shingled lines on twigs. They can be attacked by parasitic wasps. Adults are active during autumn, and they are common in areas with lots of vegetation.

General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Orthoptera
        Family: Tettigoniidae
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          Genus: Microcentrum
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            Species: rhombifolium
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Microcentrum rhombifolium
Other Name(s): Broad-winged Katydid
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
Size (Adult; Length): 52mm to 63mm (2.04" to 2.48")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green
Descriptors: pointed; flying; jumping; grasshopper-like; short antennae; leaf

Relative Size Comparison
Typical Size Between 52mm (2.0in) and 63mm (2.5in)
Lo: 52mm
Md: 57.5mm
Hi: 63mm
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Greater Angle-wing Katydid may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Greater Angle-wing Katydid. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.


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