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Species Stilpnochlora couloniana - Giant Katydid

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Orthoptera (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Katydids)
Suborder Ensifera (Long-horned Orthoptera)
Infraorder Tettigoniidea (Katydids, Camel Crickets, and relatives)
Family Tettigoniidae (Katydids)
Subfamily Phaneropterinae (Phaneropterine Katydids)
Genus Stilpnochlora
Species couloniana (Giant Katydid)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Stilpnochlora couloniana (Saussure 1861)

Type Locality: Cuba
1 sp. in the genus in the U.S.
Largest katydid in U.S, over 65 mm long. Top margin of tegmen with two sites of significantly increased curvature.
FL and southern GA; also in Caribbean Islands inc. Bahamas and Cuba.
Crowns of deciduous trees. Comes to lights.
Seems to be present in FL as nymphs and adults year-round.
Life Cycle
Very young nymphs have "morse code" banding on antennae and very long bowed hind legs

Older nymphs often have a black "hourglass" shape on their backs

Adult male

Adult female

Eggs are very similar to eggs of Microcentrum spp.
Will feed on bramble and oak in captivity.