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  Spotted Predatory Katydid (Chlorobalius leucoviridis)





Spotted Predatory Katydid | Chlorobalius leucoviridis photo
Spotted Predatory Katydid

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Spotted Predatory Katydid is a green katydid with white spots and lines. The head is green has white vertical lines. This katydid has large spines on the front legs to grasp and hold their prey. The wings are also green with white spots and are much longer than the abdomen.

Habitat
found throughout the arid interior of Australia, where they are found in shrubs and small trees

Food
The Spotted Predatory Katydid preys on male cicadas, which it lures by imitating the wing flick sound response of female cicadas to the male cicada song. It has the remarkable ability to mimic a large number of cicada species

Range
their range includes arid inland Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Orthoptera
Family:Tettigoniidae
Genus:Chlorobalius
Species:leucoviridis
Common Name:Spotted Predatory Katydid