Bush Katydid Locust

Family Name

Tettigoniidae

Characteristics

Type:

Jumping – Flying

Size:

The bush katydids range in sizes from as small as 0.2 inch to as large as 5.1 inches.

Colour:

Bright green body; commonly with shapes and colours similar to leaves.

Behaviour:

Insects family in the Tettigoniidae are commonly called bush crickets (in the UK), katydids (in the USA) or long-horned grasshoppers.

Bush katydids are tree-living insects that are most commonly heard at night during summer and early fall. They are considered to be garden pests and are leaf eaters. They especially love nibbling on leaves, flower petals and sprouts, generally in the morning. Their favourite plants to feed are citrus trees. If they eat the foliage of a mature tree, no significant damage is done. However, if they start eating off and defoliate immature young citrus trees, they become katydid garden pests that can greatly harm the tree. Katydid young do more damage than adults. And they tend to stay active on plants they target, unlike adults which are more likely to move.

Habitats

Katydids are widespread, occurring in every region of the world with the exception of Antarctica. They are especially abundant in the tropics, particularly in the Amazon Rainforest, but are also found in cooler and drier regions, such as the heathlands of Australia, the deserts of the United States and parts of Canada and northern Europe. They typically are found living on trees, bushes or grasses, often matching the appearance of their surroundings.

Tips for Control

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. A pest control professional could be required, because it is extremely difficult to remove them without the proper tools and training.