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a conehead katydid at Iten, Rift Valley, Kenya, Jan. 2012. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This conehead katydid was drawn to electric lighting at a hotel at Iten, Kenya, January 2012. This male is about 7 cm long.

close-up of head showing the 'Cone Nose'

Katydids when upon a shrub or tree are virtually invisible due to their great resemblance to the leaves themselves. Note the very long, flagella-like antennae. This subgroup of katydids are also known as cone-headed grasshoppers due to the elongation of the face-head. Food is mostly leaves and buds but they are fully capable of taking other insects as prey also.

Tettigoniidae -- Katydid Family

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