Woodland Meadow Katydid (Conocephalus nemoralis)

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

insect_musicians_cono-nem_WH_DIGIFor those who study the Woodland Meadow Katydid, adjectives such as robust, rugged, and hardy all come to mind. Camouflaged by a coat of green, brown, and black, these katydids are hard to locate on dark vegetation. There are several color variations, ranging from near-black to tan or light green. Prefers areas of coarse weeds with saplings and forest nearby. Sometimes they can be found sitting on twigs of deciduous plants in full sun. When disturbed, an individual will jump several times and then dig into the leaf litter, making capture difficult. A very hardy species; males can often be found singing from tree branches on warm sunny days well after the first snows.

Woodland Meadow Katydid

Woodland Meadow Katydid

The range of the Woodland Meadow Katydid is limited to the central states from New Jersey west to eastern Nebraska, south as far as northern Louisiana and north to southern Minnesota.

Song: A series of brief, quiet buzzes or trills, often given at uneven intervals and sometimes preceded by a burst of rapid clicks. Peak frequency is from 10–20 kHz. Song is pleasing to the ear.
 
Sonogram of a Woodland Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Woodland 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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