When solitary, katydids don’t pose much of a threat. However, in large numbers they can case large amounts of damage to flora and fauna. Luckily there are ways to control katydid populations. Professional pest control is the best way to eradicate these garden pests; it is extremely difficult to remove them without the proper tools and training.
Elegant Bush Katydid
The Elegant Bush Katydid is most commonly seen in the Sonora Desert during the monsoon season. They look like grasshoppers and are often called long horned grasshoppers because of how long their antennas are. Unlike grasshoppers, however, they do not jump. Instead they are slow and prefer to climb trees and other types of vegetation. Katydids make very distinct sounds to attract females by rubbing their wings together. You can hear them during the monsoon season much like you can hear crickets. The life cycle of a katydid is classified as a simple metamorphosis because they hatch from their eggs in nymph form, meaning that they look just like an adult except without their wings yet. It can take several months for them to grow to their full size and acquire their wings. [Read more…]