How to Take Care of a Katydid Insect

Driving near a field at night a person can expect to hear the chirping of crickets, cicadas, and the fascinating insect known as a katydid. These green bugs vaguely resemble grasshoppers with extremely long and skinny legs. They also come in many different shapes, colors or sizes. They are gentle creatures who, with a minimum amount of care, can be kept as an interesting pet.

Steps

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    Purchase a tank: Katydids require very little in terms of housing. A medium or large kritter keeper can safely house up to four katydids.
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    Add substrate to the tank: Potting soil or topsoil purchased from any home improvement store works perfectly. Fill the bottom of the tank with 2–3 inches (5.1–7.6 cm) of your chosen substrate.
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    Decorate the tank: Add leaves, branches, twigs, and any other decorations to make the home resemble the katydid's natural environment.
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    Catch a Katydid: Unlike praying mantis or butterflies Katydids are not commonly available at online bug shops. Because of this the best way to acquire a katydid is to go on an insect hunt. During the hottest part of the day hunt for katydids in gardens, weedy areas with tall grasses, and crop fields.
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    Feed your new pet: Grocery shopping to feed you pet is easy and inexpensive. Give your katydid simple romaine lettuce and they will be happy for a long time. Remove spoiled food and refresh the lettuce daily.
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    Keep the tank moist: Using a spray bottle, lightly mist the tank every day.
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    Enjoy your new pet: Your katydid will give you hours of entertainment as you watch it stalk, hop, and sing in its cage. You can enjoy the company of your new companion for 2 weeks - 3 months depending on the the katydid's age when you capture it.

Tips

  • To tell the sex of your katydid look at the pictures below. A female katydid has a hook-like ovipositor on the back of the abdomen. The male lacks this reproductive organ.
  • If you're feeling confident you can handle you katydid. Be careful because they are very fragile. They can also jump and fly short distances so keep a close eye on your pet when it is outside the cage.
  • They do bite so watch out if you hold it for too long.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium or large Kritter Keeper
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Spray Bottle
  • Potting or Topsoil
  • Sticks, leaves, grass, and other natural decorations

Article Info

Categories: Grasshoppers and Crickets