Do you enjoy listening to a chorus of chirping crickets during a warm summer day? Then you’ll probably enjoy katydids sounds! This unique insect is very similar to a grasshopper. They have a slim shape, long legs, and are available in a variety of sizes and colors. With more than 6,400 species of katydids in existence, katydids can be found all over the world. In fact, about 255 types of katydids live in North America.
But do these insects make good pets? For people who appreciate insects, katydids make great pets!
If you already have a pet katydid, you may be wondering what type of food is best for these little critters. The diet of high-quality pet katydids is very similar to what they eat in the wild.
Here are some of the foods that katydids eat both as pets and in the wild.
Leaves and Stems
In the wild, katydids mainly feed on the leaves and stems of a variety of different plants. However, you can definitely feed your pet katydid these items right in your home! Feed your pet’s katydid stems or leaves from bramble, hazel, oak, or butterfly plants. Make sure you only give your insects a leaf or two each day to eat.
Katydids can also eat food both as pets and in the wild. Some delicious fruits to feed your insects include apples, oranges, and grapes. Never leave fruit in your katydid’s cage for too long. Most fruit will start to rot after a few days.
Although they are mostly attached to plants, katydids are known to feed on small insects, insect eggs, and dead insects. If you want to treat your katydid with insects, leave some aphids in the tank. Aphids are tiny sap-sucking insects that move very, very slowly. This makes it the perfect food for your katydid. Leave the aphids in the cage overnight and remove them and leave them the next day.
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Additional Katydid Care Tips
Want to keep your katydids happy and healthy? Here are some other katydid care tips you need to know:
Store your katydid in a 12 x 12 inch clear plastic tank with a netting or mesh cover. Your katydids will hang from their lids as they molt. If you have more than one or two katydids, you will need to get a larger cage.
Cover the bottom of the tank with two to three inches of substrate, such as potting soil, tissue paper, or small pebbles.
Mist the inside of the tank daily to keep humidity levels high. Also, the temperature in the cage should be between 77 and 86 degrees F. Place a light bulb over the tank to keep your pet insects warm.
Give your katydids lots of stuff to climb and hide. These can include fake leaves, sticks, and rolls of paper towels.
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Katydid’s Diet: Final Thoughts
Pet katydids need a balanced diet of leaves, fruit, and the occasional small insect to stay healthy. Feed your katydids leaves from oak or bramble, fresh fruit, and aphids. By imitating their natural diet, your pet katydids are sure to breed!
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