Brown adult female – Ventralla quadrata – giant katydid
KATYDID SPECIES :
- Ventralla katydid :
Ventralla quadrata is a katydid species naturally occuring in Malaysia. They are not commonly found as pet katydids.
This species eat bramble leaves and needs high humidity and high temperature. Especially the nymphs need a lot of humidity, but are also sensitive to mold and stagnant air. The adult males are extremely noisy and can therefore not be kept inside the house without you going crazy.
Here you can find some pictures of this species.
ELIMAEA SP. (S. LAT.)
Brief Description :
Distribution: tropical Asia (e.g. Pakistan, India, Burma Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia)
Stock from: Thailand
Size: ♂: ca 40mm ♀: ca 40mm
General Care: 25-30°C, 60-80% rel. humidity
Breeding: oviposition of single eggs into leaves (e.g. ivy), hatching after approx. 70 days.
Advice/Specifics: for oviposition we used ivy or Scindapus; the exchange of the plants from time to time increases their life time and therefore increases the hatching rate. Losses can occur due to intraspecific aggression.
A little green katydid nymph – Ventralla quadrata
Female seen from front, brown color morph
Green color morph female, adult
Adult male Ventralla katydid – green morph
- Ancylecha fenestrata - (FABRICIUS, 1793)
A katydid: Ancylecha fenestrata
Ancylecha fenestrata is a species of katydid, a leaf grasshopper. I breed this striking species for more than a year now. I got my specimens as juveniles. They need warm temperatures (20°C is enough) and good humidity and ventilation. They feed on a lot of things: Ligustrum (privet), Hypericum, Buddleia and various species of Rubus (bramble, raspberry). They also accept pieces of fruits like apple These insects are very shy and they only move sligthly at nighttime. Males also sing, briefly.
A few months ago, I was lucky to suprise one of my female while it was sheding skin. Recently, they laid a few dozens eggs, so I expect to have a new generation quite soon.
- CF. CHLORACRIS PRASINA (PICTET & SAUSSURE, 1892)
MECOPODA ELONGATA ELONGATA (LINNAEUS, 1758)
Anchylecha sp. Malaysia katydid
Distribution for genus Hexacentrus Serville, 1831
HEXACENTRUS SP. TAIWAN
Nightshot, Orophus conspersus, female respond to a singing (in the background) male
Brief Description :
Distribution: tropical Asia (India-Java), Solomon-Islands
Stock from: Malaysia, Thailand
Size: ♂:♀: ca 70 mm
General Care: 25-30°C, 70-80 % rel. humidity
Feeding: bramble, rose, European ash, oak, beech, hazel, pieces of apple fruit, tropical fish flakes
Breeding: oviposition into substrate (humus.sand-soil), hatching after 4-5 month
Advice/Specifics: the stridulation of the males in the evening and night causes permanent sound intensity,feeding tropical fish flakes helps to avoid cannibalism
OROPHUS CONSPERSUS (BRUNNER VON WATTENWYL, 1878)
Nightshot, Orophus conspersus, male calling
Due to the large quantity of katydids species and the new yearly discoveries we will shortlisted the famous and most colorful and strange shape of these creatures . yet this hobby is at the beginning and may be challenging for the most of hobbyists ..