[2014] Evan Veltri (2020Class): Katydids

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[2014] Evan Veltri (2020Class): Katydids

Katydid

What is a Katydid

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It's Habitat

Diet

Katydids have a diet pretty simaler to a grass hopper's diet. They eat pretty much anything thats green and alive. Katydids have become nearly as infamous for eating crops such as the grasshopper is. One quick fact, the katydid got its name from the way it chirps, it sounds like its saying "Katy Did!"

This insect that belongs to the Tetigoniidae family, is commonly called a bush cricket or even a leaf due to its green appearance. But in actuality this is not a leaf or a cricket, it's a Katydid.

Female adult katydids lay thier eggs around the end of summer under the dirt of the plant, and even inside the plant. Although planted around summer they do not hatch until late spring. At the end of Spring the eggs hatch and become Nymphs. Nymphs are pretty much adult katydids that have not developed thier wings yet. During this four month stage of the katydid the nymph molts several times of trees, rocks, and etc. leaving hard shells behind. Once the nymph has molted serveral times its ready to use its new found wings. At the end of august the nymphs have become adults and are ready to mate. The adult katydid mates with the female katydid and can produce to around twenty eggs. After reproduction the katydid might survive two to three months after. Some might even make it to winter before the cold kills them.

Katydids are extermely abundant, they live on all continents except for Antartica. They are most commonly seen in rainforests, example, The Amazon Rainforest. Yet this is not the only place katydids can survive, they can even survive in the harshest deserts, savvanahs, and even some parts of Canada! In these areas they are found on either living or green, trees, bushes, and tall grasses, and they blend into their surroundings, so good luck seeing one!

Life Cycle

By Evan Veltri


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