Crickets and Katydids
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Crickets and Katydids Biology
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Striped Raspy Cricket
Spider Face Leaf-rolling Cricket
Three Eyed Leaf-rolling Cricket
Pale-brown Leaf-rolling Cricket 
Greenish Meadow Katydid
Whitish Meadow katydid 
Blackish Meadow Katydid
Reddish Meadow Katydid 
Spine-headed Katydid 
Predatory Katydid
Short-winged Swayer 
Snub-nose Katydid 
Brown-backed Katydid
White-backed Nymph
Naskrecki's Bush Katydid 
32-Spotted Katydid
Speckled Katydid
Common Garden Katydid 
Common Garden Katydid
Brisbane Garden Katydid
Dark Green Katydid 
Unknown Nymph- I
Unknown Nymph- II 
Small Grassland Katydid
Gum Leaf Katydid  
Mountain Katydid
Unidentified Katydids
Slow-chirping Cricket
Silent Leaf-runner
Spider Cricket
Ground Cricket 1
Ground Cricket 2 
Silent Bush Cricket
Scaled Cricket 
Common Mole Cricket
Dark Night Mole Cricket 

Unidentified Cricket


Greenish Meadow Katydid - Conocephalus (Chloroxiphidion) upoluensis


This page contains pictures and information about the Greenish Meadow Katydids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia. They are also known as Upolu Meadow Katydids. 

Female, body length 20mm
This is one of the common katydid found in Brisbane bushland. However they are not easily be seen because they are active at night. Usually they hide among long grasses or reeds. 
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Male                                                                    Female                                                                 Nymph, body length 15mm                                    
Their body is bright green in colour with dark brown on the back. They feed on flowers and seeds. They produce low buzzing calls throughout the summer season. 
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This katydid can look at us from its back. If we move a bit closer, it jumps away. We took those pictures in Eight Mile Plains and Karawatha Forest. Notice also the long sword-like ovipositor of the female.
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The above photos were taken late in the afternoon, when the Greenish Meadow Katydids start to become active. They were shy and ready to hide in dense grasses when we came closer. When found, they usually hold tightly to the stem on which they are resting and move to the opposite side for hiding. 
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Notice its antennae is about four times of its body length.
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1. Insects of Australia - CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p382.
2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p94.
3. Blackish Meadow Katydid Fact File - Wildlife of Sydney, Australian Museum online. 
4. A Guide to the Katydids of Australia - David Rentz, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2010, p103. 

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