Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum silvaticum)

Song of a Long-spurred Meadow Katydid (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

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Bright orange eyes, a deep green body, reddish brown along the top of the abdomen, and yellow cerci combine to make the Long-spurred Katydid an elegant-looking member of its genus. This midwestern species is arboreal in habits and is fond of junipers and cedars. Named for the long spurs on its cerci. Similar in appearance to its close rela- tive, the Lesser Pine Katydid.

Range Map for Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

Long-spurred Meadow Katydid

Long-spurred Meadow Katydids range within the central US from the Gulf coast north to southern Minnesota.

Song: Several seconds of loud stuttering ticks that blend into a long shuffling trill, with a frequency of 8–20 kHz. Listening to a colony spinning their songs on a warm summer afternoon is a pleasing and relaxing experience.
 
Sonogram of a Long-spurred Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Long-spurred 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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