Tettigoniidae

Pronunciation:  [Tet·i·GON⋅I⋅i⋅dae]

Common Name:  Katydids

Description: “Long-horned” grasshoppers are characterized by far-reaching antennae. They are usually green or brown in color and tend to be well-camouflaged in the leaves of plants. Similar to other Orthoptera, they feed on plants, but may also prey on other insects. Specific to this family is the four segmented tarsi and the tympanum located on the tibia. These may be evolutionary adaptations used to meet their dietary needs.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Antennae thread-like; length equal to body (or longer)
  2. Four-segmented tarsi
  3. Tympanum located on front tibia

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Order:  Orthoptera