Marsh Meadow Grasshopper (Chorthippus curtipennis)

Song of a Marsh Meadow Grasshopper (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_chort-curti-LE_SLIDEThe Marsh Meadow Grasshopper is a member of the slant-faced grasshopper group (Gomphocerinae), which contains a number of species that stridulate. Individu- als sound off by rubbing the inner surface of their hind femur against the edges of the forewing, like the bow of a violin being pulled across a taught string. There are “stridulatory pegs” on the femur, which aid in sound production. A very widespread species, the Marsh Meadow Grasshopper inhabits moist areas of tall grasses. Both sexes stridulate.

Range Map for Marsh Meadow Grasshopper

Marsh Meadow Grasshopper

 
Song: A rapid series of about thirty-five very high pitched raspy notes, starting softly but quickly gaining in volume. Each song lasts about five seconds. The dominant frequency is around 16 kHz.

 
 
Sonogram of a Marsh Meadow Grasshopper. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Marsh Meadow Grasshopper

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Agile Meadow Katydid
Black-legged Meadow Katydid
Common Meadow Katydid
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Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
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FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
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False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
Rattler Round-winged Katydid
Oblong-winged Katydid
Great Angle-wing
Lesser Angle-wing
Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Curved-tailed Bush Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Northern Bush Katydid
Texas Bush Katydid
Treetop Bush Katydid
Shield-backed Katydids (Tettigoniinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid

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