Katydid eating Aphids

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Katydid eating Aphids

Postby flossiepip » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:45 pm

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Not seen them eat Aphids before!
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Re: Katydid eating Aphids

Postby Olwen » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:27 pm

Its got a good food source there. I used to see them quite a lot on a manuka (they stood out) but I haven't seen them for a few years now.
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Re: Katydid eating Aphids

Postby Neil Fitzgerald » Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:10 pm

For some reason I assumed they were vegetarian.
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Re: Katydid eating Aphids

Postby David Riddell » Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:29 am

The limited information sources on the native species generally just say they feed on "foliage", so this would seem to be a pretty unusual observation. Though apparently there are predatory members of the family (Tettigoniidae).
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Re: Katydid eating Aphids

Postby Steps » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:37 am

Sure they are not 'milking' the sugars produced by the aphids?
Was told long time back about ants.. think it was, milking aphids...so as with lot things like this... I wiped some up and tasted them...yep strong with a very nectureish/ honey flavour.
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