Black-legged Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum nigripes)


 
 
insect_musicians_orchel-nigri_LEc_SLIDE_abOne of the prettiest members of its genus, the Black-legged Meadow Katydid sports a splendid combination of colors, with a blue-green body, red eyes, pale face, black legs, and bright yellow cerci. Favors grassy areas along the edges of wetlands, and also cattail marshes. Males sing from grasses and weeds and from the lower branches of associated shrubs and trees. Closely related to the Handsome Meadow Katydid, but the Black-legged is found primarily west of the Appalachian Mountains.
 

Range Map for Black-legged Meadow Katydid

Black-legged Meadow Katydid

Black-legged Meadow Katydids can be found in the central US with a small population along the Potomac River from Shepherdstown, WV to Washington, D.C.
Song: Several ticks followed by a loud, harsh buzz or trill at 10–20 kHz. Easy to hear. Sometimes ticks are given in an irregular series, without trills. Sings both day and night.
 
Sonogram of a Black-legged Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Black-legged Meadow Katydid

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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
Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Lesser Pine Meadow Katydid
Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
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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