Crickets and Katydids
Field Guide
Crickets and Katydids Biology
Questions for Discussion

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


Subfamily Meconematine - Swayer


This page contains pictures and information about Swayer Katydids that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

The katydids in this family are usually small and greenish. They have long legs, with front pair of legs spiny. They are predator to other small insects. As other katydids they sing as well. However they cannot be hear by human for the sing in ultrasonic frequency. 

Diurnal Predatory Katydid, Swayer
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Austrophlugis orumbera, body length 25mm
We sometimes see this Diurnal Predatory Katydids in Yugarapul Park in Brisbane during mid summer. This katydids are green in colour with spiny legs. They have a pair of large eyes on their head. They are fast moving wandering on plants. More pictures and information please click here.
Short-winged Swayer
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Lucienola sp., female, body length 20mm 
In Wishart Outlook, we found this Predatory Katydid with well developed ovipositor but poorly developed wings. Both males and females of this species are short-winged. Please check this page for more information.

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, p101
3. Austrophlugis malidupa - Australian Insect Common Names, version 1.53, CSIRO. 
4. A Guide to the Katydids of Australia - David Rentz, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2010, p109. 

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