Broad-winged Bush Katydid (Scudderia pistillata)

Song of a Broad-winged Bush Katydid (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

insect_musicians_scudd-pisti_LE_SLIDEElegant and regal are adjectives that might be applied to the Broad-winged Bush Katydid. It differs from other Scudderia in that the forewings are broad — the lower edge of each forewing curves down, making this katydid noticeably wider at the middle than other species in the genus. Common in upland meadows of gold- enrod and asters, but also found in damp areas and among high-bush blueberries. They are masters of camouflage. Even when singing from a few feet away, a male can be nearly impossible to spot. You can sometimes capture one by flushing it and following it to its new perch.

Range Map for Broad-winged Bush Katydid

Broad-winged Bush Katydid

 
 
Song: A katydid that counts! The nocturnal song is a series of about five groups of lispy buzzing notes with a peak frequency of about 10 kHz. The male starts by giving a quick sequence of two or three buzzes. After remaining silent for a number of seconds, he next gives a rapid sequence of four or five buzzes. After another long pause, he gives a sequence of five or six buzzes, and so forth until he completes the entire series. In other words, each successive utterance in a song-series adds one or two buzzes, as if the insect were counting. The interval between these “counting sequences” is highly variable but is usually a number of minutes. There is also a gradual increase in volume from the beginning of a series to the end. Broad-winged Bush Katydids sing a different song during the day — a five-syllabled lispy rattle, given singly or in a series.

 
 
Sonogram of a Broad-winged Bush Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Broad-winged Bush 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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