Katydid #11

a green Katydid, Tettigoniidae, from Mt Kenya Forest, photo © by Michael Plagens

Alongside a sunny trail in Mt. Kenya Forest, Kirinyaga, Kenya, Africa. 2 June 2017.

This green leaf-like insect is also a leaf feeder. The strategy to avoid being preyed upon is to look very much like the foliage upon which it normally inhabits. However, if this katydid, a type of cricket, chews holes in the leaves, sharp-witted predators will focus more attention in the area. Evolution has programmed the katydids to move away from an area where they have fed. A related result is that the damage to the plant is dispersed, and the bug might have to move away to a neighboring plant.

Tettigoniidae -- Katydid Family

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Kenya Natural History

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