Scientific Name: Ephippitytha trigintiduoguttata
Other Common Names: 22 Spotted Katydid, Mottled Katydid
Species documented in 1839 by Audinet-Serville.
The spotted katydid is a grasshopper-like insect, which is often said to resemble a chewed tobacco leaf due to the 22 brown spots on the forewings.
The spotted katydid will grow to approximately 65mm in length.
Eggs are laid and ‘glued’ to the edge of leaves. Black and yellow nymphs hatch in summer months and take approximately six to eight months to mature (Dave Britton, 2006).
Found widely across most parts of Australia, and favouring Eucalyptus trees as a food source.
Britton, Dave in Q & A. 2006. Nature Australia Summer, 2005-2006. p 78.
CSIRO, 2007. Specimen List, CSIRO Entomology. Available from: <http://anic.ento.csiro.au/database/specimen_list.aspx?BiotaID=40325> [Accessed 2 May, 2007]