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This is the Narrow-winged katydid (Elimaea punctifera)

Here a nocturnal chappy hunkers down hoping not to be seen, as his primary defence mechanism.

  • There are over 6,400 different species of katydids found across the world.

  • All katydids go through three stages of life cycle – egg, nymph and adult. Like most nymphs, the young katydids look pretty much like the adults but they have less-developed wings.

  • Katydids are relatives of grasshoppers but can be distinguished from them by their long antennae.

  • The wings of katydids are usually green with markings that make them resemble leaves so that it is difficult for their predators to recognise them.

  • Katydids are typically nocturnal so you will find them out and about and feeding at night.

  • Katydids don’t usually fly; they may flutter downward and once they land they climb back upward.

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