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


Small Grassland Katydid - Polichne sp.


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

Body length 30mm
This katydid is relatively small in size. We found that some of them were in grass green colour, some were in dry grass brown colour. Otherwise they look the same.
Females glue their small black eggs singly on grass stems. 
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Pictures of the green katydid were taken in Mt Cotton grassland during mid summer. When we came close, it jumped and flied to a few meter away, then hide among grasses.
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The brown form pictures were taken in Alexandra Hill grassland during late summer. For other katydids, they are hardly seen flying. This Small Grassland Katydid will always fly away when disturbed.
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They have very long legs specially adapted walking between grasses.   

1. Tettigoniidae Katydids - Insects of Townsville, Australia, by Graeme Cocks, 2007.
2. Grasshopper Country - the Abundant Orthopteroid Insects of Australia, D Rentz, UNSW Press, 1996, p112.
3. Wild Plants of Greater Brisbane -  Queensland Museum, 2003, p198. 
4. A Guide to the Katydids of Australia - David Rentz, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2010, p168. 

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