Greater Arid Land Katydid

carnivorous grasshopper…
This grasshopper stalks and eats other grasshoppers, and I have been unable to find any information on it. These pictures were taken in our yard in Cedar Creek, Texas. This one is between 3 1/2 & 4 inches in length (we’re guessing it’s a female) and the males (?) are somewhat smaller and don’t have the spike. These guys hang around on the foliage and wait for foliage-eating grasshoppers to show up. They have huge mandible-looking things and their bodies are armored, but beautiful. We love having them around to help control the others, but would really like more information… Thanks so much,

Hi Caroline,
Your photo of a Greater Arid Land Katydid is wonderful, but we really love your eye witness account of its predatory habits.

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