Olive-green coastal katydid, Austrosalomona falcata Click to enlarge image
Olive-green coastal katydid, Austrosalomona falcata Image: Dustaway
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Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    falcata
    Genus
    Austrosalomona
    Subfamily
    Conocephalinae
    Family
    Tettigoniidae
    Super Family
    Tettigonioidea
    Suborder
    Ensifera
    Order
    Orthoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    4 cm

Introduction

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

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

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.