April Shuffler – A Coneheaded Katydid Surprise

The spring insect chorus here at Land Between the Lakes is richer than I expected. Last night when I returned to my camp at dusk and prepared to retire after a long and busy day, I became aware of a very high-pitched "shuffling trill," not pretty like that of a trilling cricket, but non-musical like the shuffles and scrapes of various katydids. With the help of a directional microphone, I homed-in on the insect singer, recorded him, and then … [Read more...]