Fork-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata)

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

insect_musicians_scudd-furc_LE_SLIDEThe Fork-tailed Bush Katydid is a widespread species, ranging from coast to coast. In the East, it inhabits bushy areas, especially near woods. A male can be identified by its large brown or purplish dorsal processes, which are bifurcated and rounded with the appearance of a horseshoe. The female’s ovipositor is also colored, with a deep brown or reddish tint. The male Fork-tailed’s reproductive parts look almost identical to those of the Treetop Bush
Katydid (see diagram on page 140), but the latter can be identified by its dark wing-edges (see page 160). Pink color morphs are common in certain Louisiana and Arkansas populations. The Fork-tailed is not an accomplished singer — its simple call occurs intermittently, and considerable patience is required to home in on a male, who is likely to be discovered near the end of a branch.

Range Map for Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

Fork-tailed Bush Katydid

 
 
Song: A single sharp tsip that may be given singly, or else in a series of two or three, with a few seconds of silence between each call. The dominant frequency is about 15 kHz. Especially during social encounters, the Fork-tailed may also give high-pitched ticks.

 
 
replace videoSonogram of a Fork-tailed Bush Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Fork-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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