Bush Katydid
S1 Male, face
Bush Katydid
S2 Male, Abdomen Colours
Bush Katydid (Caedicia simplex)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Crickets, Grasshoppers & Katydids (Orthoptera)
Family: Katydid (Tettigoniidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Bush Katydid (Caedicia simplex)
This Photo:     🔍S1 Male, pronotum🔎
Other name: Common Garden Katydid

Thank you Stephen Fricker for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA), the Adelaide Hills and elsewhere
~25mm long.
Females have a shortish, but visible, ovi-positor.
Colours seem variable, with pure green like here, or with red highlights similar to our adult Torbia viridissima.
Very hard to distinguish from Torbia sp. We've used the wing venation in relation to the leading edge as our guide. With these, the leading edge curves in, near the main vein, near the tip of the wing. With Torbia, it's leading edge is straighter, so apears further from the main vein. The legs of Torbia are also longer, so the rear thigh extends well past the end of the body. Where as here, with Caedicia, the knee is close to the end of the body. This is difficult to see as soon as there's any angle on the camera shot.

Similar Species: Gumleaf Katydid (Torbia viridissima)

Copyright © 2022-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 02-Jan-2022
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.