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Leaf Katydid
Leaf Katydid
Arthropod. Unlike grasshoppers and crickets, both male and female katydids make sounds by rubbing their forewings (front wings) together to “sing” to each other. Katydids hear each other with ears on their front legs. They just have to move their front legs to hear in any direction! Katydids spend most of their time at the tops of trees where most of the leaves are, and they can jump up to 20 times their body length!
Scientific Name Lifespan
Elimaea punctifera 1 year
Diet
Herbivore. Avocado (young leaves), citrus, coffee, cotton, garden beans, macadamia and mango; ornamentals such as canna, anthurium, azalea, and hibiscus.
Predators and Threats
Birds, bats, spiders, frogs, snakes, and other insect-eaters.
Habitat
Forest, thickets; Borneo, Burma, India, Java and the Malay Peninsula. First reported in Hawaii in 1882.