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 relative, the Lesser Pine Katydid.
 
 
 

Long-spurred Meadow Katydid left cercus from above.

Left cercus from above.

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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