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.
 
 

Texas Bush Katydid tail plate from above.

Tail plate from above.

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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