Katydid - New Zealand Bush Cricket

Distribution This one was photographed on Bank Peninsular, Canterbury. He came into the house via the silver beet leaf as seen in the top left photograph. There are about 4000 species of katydid and 2000 in the Amazon Jungle alone.

Diet Leaves

General Katydid are rarely seen as its normally green colour provides excellent camouflage. Katydids, crickets and grasshoppers are in the same family. Notice the ear hole in the front legs below the elbow? Then look at the weta photos of the same. Katydids are however more closely related to the cricket. Their antennae are often two to three times the length of their bodies and this feature helps them to navigate in the dark. Katydid are almost exclusively nocturnal to avoid predators such as birds. They lay their eggs in many places including bark of trees, the soil and in stems of plants. The nymphs are very similar to the adults but are smaller and the wings are not fully developed. The nymph goes through several molts until developed into an adult.

Photos © Natural Heritage Collection

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