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.
Purchase a tank:Katydids require very little in terms of housing. A medium or large kritter keeper can safely house up to four katydids.
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.
Decorate the tank:Add leaves, branches, twigs, and any other decorations to make the home resemble the katydid's natural environment.
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.
Feed your new pet:Grocery shopping to feed you pet is easy and inexpensive. Give your katydid simple romaine lettuce leaves, tree leaves, grass, weeds and berries and vines and they will be happy for a long time. Remove spoiled food and refresh the lettuce daily.
Keep the tank moist:Using a spray bottle, lightly mist the tank every day.
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.
QuestionDo katydids bite?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, katydids may bite if they feel threatened.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you clean out the tank?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut your katydid in a jar and clean out all of the old food, leave the decorations and dirt, then put her/him back in.Thanks!
QuestionDo katydids eat crickets?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf it is a predatory species of katydids, then it will eat crickets, but it will also need variety in its diet.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I take care of katydid eggs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut them in a container with a moist rag for humidity. They are small, so make sure there are no big openings.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I do if my katydid goes cannibalistic?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStart feeding your katydid more leafy greens.Thanks!
QuestionHow long do katydids live?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDepending on how well your katydid is taken care of, they may live up to 2 or more years.Thanks!
QuestionAre there any effects if a katydid bites someone?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe wound will bleed.Thanks!
QuestionWhere can I get a habitat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOrder a medium-large critter keeper online, or purchase Exo Terra's 3-gallon bug habitat. Amazon will also have plenty of options available.Thanks!
QuestionDo katydids eat worms?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. They can eat leaves (non-poisonous), grapes, celery, cucumbers and, if they like, crickets.Thanks!
QuestionWhat do I give it to drink? In what form?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUsing a spray bottle mist the sticks and leaves every few days. Don’t do more than three sprays otherwise it will kill it.Thanks!
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- 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.
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