Submitted to: Journal of Orthoptera Research
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/4/2007
Publication Date: 7/29/2007
Citation: Nickle, D.A. 2007. Graminofolium Nickle: new genus of katydid from northern South America(Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae). Journal of Orthoptera Research. 16(1):97-102.
Interpretive Summary: Katydids are usually plant-feeding insects, many of which are minor agricultural or ornamental plant pests. Some species, however, are predaceous, feeding on aphids, flies, caterpillars, and other insects, where they may be useful as natural enemies of pests of trees and shrubs. Two new species of a new genus of predaceous katydid from Peru are described and figured in this paper. User groups who may benefit from the research include researchers on biodiversity and tropical ecology, biological control, the U.S. Forest Service and the tropical horticulture industry.
Technical Abstract: Two new species of katydids collected in the understory of rainforests of northern Peru are described and figured. Observations of one of these species suggests that both may be predaceous or, at least, opportunistic predators. Placement of this genus into either Copiphorinae or Agraeciinae has not been resolved and demonstrates the need for studies to refine subfamilial and tribal relationships among the tettigoniids.