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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Winged Predatory Katydid (Clonia wahlbergi)

FamilyTettigoniidae

I came across this katydid who was laying her eggs right in the middle of the gravel road.

As you can see, her tail end is buried deep in the ground.

They are very large katydids with silver markings on their bodies.
Their food consists of large insects and they are mainly active at night.
They are found around the eastern, northern and western borders of SA.
Info: Field Guide to South African Insects

3 comments:

Rhodesia said...

It is great when this sort of thing happens right in front of you and you have the camera on hand. Great photos, well done. Diane

Firefly said...

Not a very clever spot to lay her eggs

insectiara said...

wow, it's a beautiful insect. i love it!!