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  Spiny Rainforest Katydid (Phricta aberrans)





Spiny Rainforest Katydid | Phricta aberrans photo
Spiny Rainforest Katydid, Phricta aberrans, female - late instar, Nightcap Ranges.

Image by John Moss - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)

Spiny Rainforest Katydid | Phricta aberrans photo
Spiny Rainforest Katydid, Phricta aberrans, female - late instar, Nightcap Ranges.

Image by John Moss - License: Public Domain.    (view image details)



INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Spiny Rainforest Katydid is a very unusual subtropical rainforest katydid from eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The body and legs have numerous thorny spines and antennae are very long. The insect is greenish above with different shades of green and brownish colours providing excellent camouflage; the underside is pale.

Habitat
rainforest

Breeding
Young katydids hatch from eggs and go through several wingless moults before becoming adults.

Range
Phricta aberrans is found in Northern New South Wales and South-east Queensland



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Tettigoniidae
Genus:Phricta
Species:aberrans
Common Name:Spiny Rainforest Katydid