Although this 45mm long Katydid (Maori, Kiki Pounamu, L. Caedicia simplex) may be a native insect (it’s also found in Australia) it is called after the call of the American Katydyd (Katy Did, Katy Didn’t). Well that’s what Andrew Crowe tells us. It is quite a coincidence that after just posting about the Tussock Katydid in my Monday Morning Medly a week or so ago I should come across this one so soon after. As far as I can recall I’ve never seen one before. It can jump or fly. At night it eats fresh leaves, flower buds and fruit and these can change its colour to a pinkish red.
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