Common Meadow Katydid (Orchelimum vulgare)

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

insect_musicians_orchel_vulgare_WH_SLIDENot nearly as common as its name implies, the Common Meadow Katydid can sometimes be found in tall grassy or weedy patches along roads or along the edges of open fields. This robust species is easily caught because they typically do not hide when approached. Very similar in appearance to its close relative, the Gladiator Meadow Katydid.
 
 
 
 

Common Meadow Katydid left cercus from above.

Left cercus from above.

Range Map for Common Meadow Katydid

Common Meadow Katydid

Common Meadow Katydids range from southern Maine south to central Georgia and west to western Oklahoma and north through central North Dakota.

Song: A long series of ticks followed by a dry buzz that starts soft and quickly becomes louder. The frequency range is 10–20 kHz. Sings both day and night.
 
Sonogram of a Common Meadow Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Common Meadow Katydid

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