Animal Species:Olive-green Coastal Katydid

The Olive-green Coastal Katydid belongs to the family Tettigoniidae, which includes about 1000 Australian species

Standard Common Name

Olive-green Coastal Katydid

Number of species

Size range

4 cm

Distribution

The Olive-green Coastal Katydid is found in Queensland and New South Wales.

Habitat

The Olive-green Coastal Katydid lives in urban areas, rural areas, grassy woodlands.

Feeding and Diet

The Olive-green Coastal Katydid is nocturnal and feeds on fruits and flowers using its powerful jaws.

Other behaviours and adaptations

During the day the Olive-green Coastal Katydid gathers in small groups and rests among foliage, where it is camouflaged. It has also been known to enter houses and rest in the folds of curtains. Under laboratory conditions, individuals return to the same nesting sites, but exactly how they navigate is unknown.

Communication

Male Olive-green Coastal Katydids can be heard calling (or stridulating) in urban areas of Sydney, particularly parks and gardens. Like most katydids, it is only the male that stridulates and sound is produced when one fore wing is scraped against the other.

Classification

Species:
falcata
Genus:
Austrosalomona
Subfamily:
Conocephalinae
Family:
Tettigoniidae
Superfamily:
Tettigonioidea
Suborder:
Ensifera
Order:
Orthoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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1 comment

jilly777 - 9.11 PM, 19 November 2009
"Under laboratory conditions, individuals return to the same nesting sites, but exactly how they navigate is unknown." I can tell you that we have had these sleeping in the ledge under the top of our windows every spring/summer for the past two years. One has just come back for the first time this year - it sleeps there all day and leaves at around 6pm. Of course, I have no way of knowing whether it is always the same one! My question is - how do I try to 'relocate' my guest? I tend to not want to interfere with nature, but I also want to leave my windows open without fear of having the katydid coming in and nesting.

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