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You have probably landed in the right place because here we will attempt to give you some of the most amazing facts about the giant katydid insects.
This bizarre insect gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘bizarre’.
Not only is this insect a weird-looking bug but it is also one of the largest insects that roam this planet.
Let us find out 30 interesting giant long-legged katydid facts!
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1. Giant long-legged katydid is a bug – one of the largest bugs (in terms of size) to be found on this planet.
2. There are over 6,400 different species of giant katydids found across the world.
The habits, habitat, and characteristics of these different species differ significantly.
3. Some of the massive insects are herbivores while the others are carnivores.
For instance, Cuba’s Stilpnochlora couloniana is a leaf-eating herbivore while the Malaysian Arachnacris corporalis is a carnivore and feeds primarily on other insects.
4. It is pretty normal to see people keeping these giant insects as pets.
However, people mostly opt for the vegetarian species as pets over the non-veggies.
5. All 6,400 different species collectively belong to the Tettigoniidae family.
6. The giant long-legged katydid bugs are sometimes known as bushcricket or bush cricket or even long-horned grasshopper.
7. Though people end up calling these giant bugs long-horned grasshoppers, they are actually more related to crickets than to grasshoppers.
8. Giant long-legged katydids may also be referred to as simply giant katydids.
They are known for their bizarrely long hind legs.
9. One of the weirdest facts about these large bugs is that they have unusually long thread-like antennae.
Their antennae can grow as long as 2 to 3 times the overall length of their body.
10. The true katydids – Pterophylla camellifolia – get their name from the repetitive song their produce.
The sound they make is katy-did, katy didn’t.
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11. Though the name is derived from true katydids, it is usually used for all bugs in the Tettigoniidae family.
However, one needs to remember that different species may actually produce different rasping songs using a mechanism known as stridulation.
12. In the case of katydids, stridulation refers to the rubbing of ridged forewings to generate the rasping song.
13. The song of the giant long-legged katydid can be for different purposes.
It can be a mating call or it can be an aggressive yell.
It can also be a defensive sound or may simply signify territorial presence.
14. Katydids have a body size ranging between 1 and 6 centimeters.
However, there is one species – Saga pedo, which is a predatory bushcricket and is known to grow all the way up to 12 centimeters in length.
15. Usually giant long-legged katydids and all other katydids are green in color.
However, other colors shades of yellow and pink can naturally occur or may be reared.
16. This bug is known to have large wings that extend beyond its actual body.
The wingspan of Siliquofera grandis – a species of giant long-legged katydid is known to have a wingspan of 25 centimeters or bigger (9.8 inches or bigger).
17. Giant long-legged katydids and other katydids, in general, do not have true ears.
They use the tympanic organ or tympanum to hear.
There are two tympanic organs which are located one each on the forelegs.
However, these bugs also have a thoracic structure for auditory functions.
18. With the exception of species belonging to the Phaneropterinae subfamily, in all other species only the males are known to produce sounds while the females are silent.
The Phaneropterinae subfamily species are NOT giant long-legged katydids.
19. All katydids, including the giant long-legged katydids, have a very short lifespan.
They live no more than a year and are not capable of producing more than one generation of offspring.
However, this is true only for those species that live in areas that have distinct seasons.
20. The only stage where all katydids (including the giant ones) can survive winter is the egg stage.
Once hatched, they just cannot survive the winter months and will die.
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21. Species of katydids that live in tropical climatic conditions are capable of living for several years and can actually produce two offspring generations in a single year.
This may include giant katydids as well.
22. When it comes to the defensive mechanisms, giant long-legged katydids (as well as other species) rely mostly on camouflage.
They are all poor when it comes to flying and hence, prefer blending into the surroundings to avoid detection.
23. Giant long-legged katydids are usually green and have different shades of green that help them to mimic their surrounding vegetation and hence, avoid predatory attacks.
However, depending on the species, the defensive maneuver may differ.
24. All katydids go through three stages of the life cycle – egg, nymph, and adult. Usually, eggs are laid on plants or they may be laid in the soil.
The usual time for laying eggs is fall.
25. In the nymph stage, the young katydids look pretty much like the adults but they have less-developed wings.
26. Giant long-legged katydids are not really great jumpers.
Just like the fact that they cannot fly properly using their large wings, they rarely jump using their long hind legs.
27. The female katydids have a special organ known as the ovipositor which remains upwardly curved.
This organ is their egg-laying organ and is found in all species of katydids.
28. The most interesting of giant long-legged katydid facts is that they are known to have the biggest testes of any known animal.
When we say biggest, we don’t mean the actual size but the relative weight of the organs compared to the whole body.
14% of the body weight of the male giant long-legged katydids comes from their testes.
29. Giant long-legged katydids are nocturnal by nature just like all other species.
This means that they remain active only at night.
30. During the daytime, these bugs will be seen staying still and stationary on vegetation such as bushes and leaves.