Stilpnochlora couloniana, 20 September 2015

Stilpnochlora couloniana, the Giant katydid;
Volusia county, Florida (20 September 2015).

The Giant katydid is one of our most-commonly seen katydid species in central Florida, especially in September and October. I don’t know if that’s because they’re the most abundant species, though. It could just be the fact that they’re so damn huge (comparatively speaking) and hard to not notice. An adult, can range up to around two to two and a half inches or so, wings included. That may not sound huge, but when one lands on a leaf right next to you, it’s an impressive sight to behold. The Giant katydid is, in its own little way, quite the giant.

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