An angle-winged katydid

An angle-winged katydid

Microcentrum sp.

Trinidad, Northern Range, Simla


These katydids contribute to the rainforest soundscape. Both males and females sing loud songs to attract potential mates after dusk.

Where can you see them? Angle-winged katydids like this one (Microcentrum sp.) are found in the warmer parts of the Americas. This particular specimen was found in secondary forest on the Caribbean island of Trinidad. They are hard to spot because their bodies have evolved to look so much like the plants they feed on.

What do they eat? They live solitary lives munching away at the leaves and twigs of shrubs and trees.

Why are they important? Katydids are vital to rainforest food chains. They are a very important source of protein for monkeys, rodents, bats, birds, lizards, amphibians, spiders and other insects.

Are they endangered? Katydids are not considered to be endangered. Some have become rarer because they need particular kinds of habitats or food plants.

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