a Katydid, from the Tugen Hills, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

On roadside vegetation north of Kabarnet in the Tugen Hills, Kenya. Dec. 2015. At the posterior of this female is a curved egg-laying organ, the ovipositor.

Katydids are largely nocturnal, but this one was active about two hours before sunset. Primarily herbivores, they feed on a variety of plant leaves and flowers. Some species have a narrow range of preferred plant species.

Tettigoniidae -- Katydid Family

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Kenya Natural History

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