Curve-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia curvicauda)

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

insect_musicians_scudd-curvi_LE_SLIDENamed for the pronounced curvature of the female’s ovipositor, the Curve-tailed Bush Katydid inhabits coarse weedy fields and weedy wood margins. Particularly abundant in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio, where males can be found singing from the tops of goldenrod plants.

Range Map for Curve-tailed Bush Katydid

Curve-tailed Bush Katydid

Song: Consists of 2–5 raspy, buzzy notes given in quick succession and that typically increase in volume: zit-Zit-ZIT. Sings intermittently, but often gives songs in pairs, usually with four or more seconds of silence between the two songs and the second song having one more pulse than the first (songs may also be given in groups of three). Sings both day and night, with most singing activity in the evening. Peak frequency of song is 8–9 kHz.

 
 
Sonogram of a Curve-tailed Bush Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Curve-tailed 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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