Texas Bush Katydid (Scudderia texensis)

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

insect_musicians_scudd-texen_LEb_SLIDE_abPerhaps a misnomer, the Texas Bush Katydid is broadly distributed east of the Rocky Mountains. An elegant-looking katydid, its green body is often accented by varying amounts of purple or rufous on the legs and the abdominal segments. Late-season individuals, especially after a frost, can be rufous all over and may at first appear to be a different species. While it may be difficult to home in on a singing male, this species is easy to approach and capture.

Range Map for Texas Bush Katydid

Texas Bush Katydid

 
 
Song: There are two principle song types that are given both day and night. The most common is a brief shuffling rattle made up of three or four lispy notes that are delivered too fast to count. A less common song pattern is a series of about fifteen lispy notes, given too fast to count, that rise in volume from beginning to end. The peak frequency of songs is about 12–14 kHz.

 
 
Sonogram of a Texas Bush Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Texas 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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