Post by wingedwishes on Nov 16, 2011 14:10:31 GMT -8
A guess only: If mites had chewed on the integument in between leg segments then the insect might have chewed on that area to relieve irritation.
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Very intersting. I think your Katydid is lacking in something in its diet . In the past I had collected some Ktydids over many years amongst other insects and after returning from a night walk sometimes an insect in a container was forgotten or misplaced and after several days or a week the container was rediscovered in the backpack and I also noticed the Katydid would chew off one of its own legs .My presumption is rather than starve to death the insect thinks I have to eat something , so cannabilises itself rather than die , I haven`t experimented with this and I don`t want to put the insects through unnecessary agony , but I do feel your insect may be lacking something in its diet possibly. Is your Katydd a herbivore or carnivore? Cheers