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Greater Arid Land Katydid

I captured a Female Greater Arid Land Katydid a couple of weeks ago and have provided some egg laying substrate (soil in an aluminum loaf pan). She has been stabbing her ovipositor into the soil off and on for about 4 days now, so I am assuming that there will be eggs, however, Have no idea how to maintain the medium so that the eggs, if fertile, will stand a chance of hatching, nor when I would expect to see the nymphs. I am in deep south Texas.

Thanks

HPL

What happened?
Hi, I am just seeing this now and I am *not* a bug expert. I have raised a couple of katydids, but from nymphs, not from eggs.
If I were in your situation, I would do what I have done with creatures who burrow to pupate (such as beetles and moths) or lay eggs in stems (such as tree crickets), and apply a daily squirt of fine mist in order to keep the soil just a tad moist. I imagine that if you're in deep south Texas, it is *possible* that the eggs would hatch earlier rather than overwintering, but I guess either could happen.
I raise other creatures, but would never attempt to raise someone carnivorous, like this species. I suppose if you are keeping the eggs to see if they hatch, you could keep some Fluker's Cricket Diet on hand until you can release them. I hope you released the mom. How were you keeping her alive?
I am just guessing at everything here (see my profile), but I'm very curious to know what became of this. I'm sorry that I'm just seeing this a month and half later.

 
Greater Arid Land katydid
I did release her. I kept her alive by feeding her anything I could catch (crickets, katydids, grasshoppers, roaches, etc.) plus giving apples, plums, etc. I want the eggs to hatch as she was the coolest invert I have seen in a long time, and made a great photo subject. Would love to have more to play with and photograph. She looked like something straight out of an old Japanese horror film.

 
Oh, thank you for updating !!
I'm so glad you kept her well and released her!
How are you keeping your soil? I keep dishes of soil like that in butterfly cages. You can mist right through the netting and then if anything hatches (or ecloses, in my case), it will be contained in the net while getting plenty of air and light.

I assume you're familiar with Fluker's Cricket Diet, which might serve as a supplement. My tree crickets love it, but I never could tell if my katydids were eating it.

What other bugs do you raise?

 
arid land katydid
Howdy again1
I don't raise any inverts. Getting Hoppzilla was blind luck. I was participating in the Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo contest and, while in the field preparing to photograph birds, I came across her strolling across a sendero. I didn't have the proper equipment with me to do macro, so I grabbed her and put her in a container I had handy, to photograph later at my leisure. At some point later, I noticed her attempting to insert her ovipositor into the thin layer of leaves I had in her container, so I put a loaf pan with soil in it in the cage. She proceeded, over the next week or so, to appear to be laying eggs. No telling if she had found a male before I caught her, so I have no way of knowing if the eggs are fertile or not. Only time will tell.
Here is a link to my website, but there are only a few inverts on it at the moment, and none of Hoppzilla (can't publish them until after the judging is complete sometime in Sept. ) https://hughlieck.photoshelter.com/gallery-collection/Nature/C0000U2ntuc_Mjxs
and here is a link to information about the photo contest: https://wildlifeinfocus.org

 
very nice!
Please do let us know what happens with the eggs. I would recommend misting the soil as needed and not disturbing the soil. I hope you get some babies!

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