Sep 25

Angular-winged katydids

Angular-winged katydids get their name from the perceived sound they make. Their repetitive clicks and calls sounded like someone saying, “Ka-ty-did”, so the common name became that phrase. Both genders are capable of producing the sound. katydids are found throughout the world, in habitats ranging from tropical to temperate or arid environments. Angular winged katydids are found in temperate and arid regions of the southern United States.angular winged katydid

Physical Characteristics
Angular-winged katydids are 2-2.5 inches (5-6 cm) in length.Nymphs (juveniles) have spots or speckles of black on them and eventually mature to the complete green color.

They have chewing mouthparts, (which classifies them as an insect) and long slender antennae, and are light green in color. Adult katydids have two pairs of wings that are leaf-like in color and shape.

Life Span
About one year.

katydids lay their eggs on twigs in a single row, one slightly overlapping the egg before it. The eggs are flat, almost like small pumpkin seeds, and they may might not all be the same color.

In the wild: Angular-winged katydids typically eat the leaves from the tops of trees and bushes, where there may be fewer predators and less competition,including willow, rosewood and citrus trees . You can find them in parks, gardens, fields and woods. Adults are most active in summer and autumn, but in Florida, the warm weather allows them to remain active all year long.