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False Katydid


a false katydid at Marigat, Rift Valley, Kenya, Oct. 2010. Photo © by Michael Plagens

This false katydid was among a number of insects drawn to lights at Marigat, Kenya, October 2010.

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. Also known as long-horn grasshoppers. Food is mostly leaves and buds. The specimen shown here is a male and is a capable flier. The false katydids are more slender and longer wings than true katydids, Pseudophyllinae.

Tettigoniidae -- Katydid Family

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