Cicada, Locust or Katydid?
Cicadas: There are over 2,500 species of cicadas. These insects have prominent eyes, and transparent wings with conspicuous veins. Cicadas are benign creatures, meaning they don’t harm humans by biting or stinging. They’re regularly eaten in cultures around the world…in fact, it’s said that a female cicada’s more prized because it’s “meatier”. You can find their shells near almost any area where trees are prominent. It’s possible to “wear” a cicada shell, because the feet can cling to your t-shirt’s fabric.
Locusts: Most commonly known for the phrase “a plague of locusts”, these swarming insects are most closely related to the grasshopper. They’re nomadic and are known for damaging crops in their wake. Locusts are also edible, and considered a delicacy. The American locust differs in that it lacks the swarming characteristic as the more well known Desert species. There was an outbreak in Madagascar in March 2013, where approximately 50% of the country was infested. http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/27/world/africa/madagascar-locusts
Katydids: There are over 250 species in North America, but most are found in the more tropical regions of the world. They’re more closely related to the cricket than grasshoppers, and their antennae are typically longer than most grasshoppers’. Katydids exhibit mimicry or camouflage habits, imitating shapes and colors similar to leaves.