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Katydid nymph.

Giant Florida Katydid andy
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Katydid adult.

Giant Florida Katydid, (Stilpnochlora Couloniana)

A very attractive leaf-like bush cricket from Florida and Cuba, the adult's large wings are excellently camouflaged to look like leaves. I purchased 15 small Katydid nymphs.

Katydids will feed on a verity of plants like bramble, buddleia, oak, apple, rose, privet and other plants. As I found out when I placing an adult Katydid on my expensive orchid I brought as a photographic prop for this insect. This very laid-back insect did not just pose for me but happily munched on my orchid leaf, eating it very quickly. I fed my Katydids mostly bramble and a small amount of buddleia as it was winter. Bramble keeps very well in water you just have to top up the water occasionally; when the nymphs were young I used tissue in the water to avoid any accidental drowning. And it is important to leave some space in their enclosure for moulting especially on the last moult to adult, so they can expand their large wings.  I used a 30x30x55cm high Exo Terra Vivarium/ Terranium Tank with a light hood 25w bulb; I spray with water daily and added 3 inches of moist substrate to keep their enclosure humid and warm.

Handling the adults has to be done slow and gentle as they are sensitive and try and hide but once on the hand they are very gentle creatures. The males are famous for there loud singing to attract a mate when I walked into the room where the tank is housed or spray with water the males make a loud chirping noise. The sound from the males is quite loud even though they were kept in a room upstairs some distance away, for example when watching TV in our lounge my wife frequently blamed our poor dog for farting. Sorry Katydids but it sounded like a dog fart.  My wife comments "The dogs just farted again" my dog looks up thinking “bloody Katydids” so I would describe the sound is like a rasping sneezing dog farting sort of noise. It is the males call which these insects get its name which is supposed to sound like “katydid, katy-didn’t.” which is produced by the Katydid rubbing its forewings together, one of which is rigid. The females which are larger than the males lay their eggs in batches in a long string and can lay up to 150 eggs. I am very impressed watching these insects fly indoors anyway with its large unfolded wings its flight is very fast and high like a toy “batteries not included”. I really enjoyed keeping Katydids a very impressive insect, it's their intelligent looking brown eyes that fascinate me and how they nod from side-to-side when you look at them closely.

I have enjoyed keeping Katydids but would not want to keep them again as I have some nice pictures and they are little-eating machines. Eating a lot of leaves and occasionally when I open the vivarium door to spray their enclosure with water for example, they like to escape about three at a time and do a test flight around my house, which is great fun only if you have the time to catch them.

Andy Newman Images©

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Katydid eggs.

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Katydid nymphs