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moulting bush cricket

This is a moulting bush cricket - as they have no internal skeleton many invertebrates, like this one, shed their old skin to be able to grow larger.

KATYDIDS AKA long-horned grasshoppers AKA bush crickets (Suborder Ensifera—Family Tettigoniidae) Usually their antennae are the length of their body, or even longer. Katydids have a pointed head, smaller compound eyes, elongated body and filiform antennae (filiform antennae are slender and thread- like in form). Often with a conspicuous ovipositor— like a cutlass or curved sword—for egg laying, they can be found in bushes or in low branches.


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