Red-headed Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum erythrocephalum)

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

insect_musicians_orchel-eryth_LE_SLIDEThe Red-headed Meadow Katydid is large and stunningly handsome, with a variably bright red or orange-red head, and eyes ranging from black to pink or blue. They can be amazingly numerous in their preferred habitats, which can vary from inland palmetto thickets to seaside dune grasses. Even though abundant, they are often difficult to locate because singing males tend to stay hidden on the bottom side of leaves and stems, giving their song a ventriloquial quality.

Range Map for Red-headed Meadow Katydid

Red-headed Meadow Katydid


Red-headed Meadow Katydids can be found in the piedmont of the eastern US from New Jersey to southern Louisiana.

Song: A loud staccato tick followed by a short buzzy trill at a frequency of 8–20 kHz. The singing pattern is distinctive, with songs given one after the other without pause, droning on uninterrupted to the point of almost being annoying. A long series of ticks (without buzzes) may also be given.
Sonogram of a Red-headed Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.



Agile Meadow Katydid

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
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):
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
Common True Katydid
False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
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):
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid


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