Geographical Range United States (except for northernmost states)
Habitat Woodlands, grasslands
Scientific Name Microcentrum rhombifolium
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This insect has leaf-shaped wings and veins that make it look just like part of the plant it’s sitting on. It is found in fields and meadows across much of the United States. It eats a wide variety of vegetation. Unfortunately, its diet often includes many ornamental plants, making it a pest in more populated areas.

Despite its misleading name, the false katydid is a true katydid. Its name refers to the rapid “tic-tic-tic-tic” sound that the male makes by rubbing one wing against the other. This noise is unlike the more traditional katydid call of “katy-did, katy-did.”