Shieldback Katydid from Botswana

Someone sent me this pic from Botswana
Sun, Nov 23, 2008 at 2:26 PM
Dear bugman:
I don’t have much to go on here. All I know is the photo is from Botswana. Not even sure what part of the country. Thanks in advance.

Shield-Back Katydid from Botswana
Shield-Back Katydid from Botswana

Hi Alex,
This is a Shield-Backed Katydid in the subfamily Tettigoniinae. Other than that, we would need the input of someone familiar with the species in Botswana. Some Shield-Backed Katydids are carnivorous, but most are plant eaters.

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3 thoughts on “Shieldback Katydid from Botswana”

  1. Yes this is shieldback katydid and the insect is found in most parts of Botswana especially during the harvesting period. Most people believe it is most present when there has been abundant sorghum (mabele in setswana) produced and it remains present until the harvesting period ends, then the insect ‘disappears’ until the next harvesting period.


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