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Discover Nature: Katydids

Jul 19, 2016

If you’ve stepped out to enjoy the night air lately, you’ve likely noticed a loud newcomer to the chorus of night sounds.  This week on Discover Nature, we’ll shine some light on the Northern True Katydid.

The Northern True Katydid is making itself heard now in Missouri. The insect is featured on this weeks' Discover Nature.
Credit Missouri Department of Conservation

Members of the grasshopper family, katydids have long, slender legs, large, veined wings, and especially long antennae which have earned them the nickname, “Long-horned grasshopper.”

Their wings resemble green leaves, although a genetic mutation sometimes causes them to appear bright pink. By rubbing their wings together, these insects produce a distinct, loud chirp – like singing, “katy-did-katy-didn’t.” 

Katydids join the summer symphony on hot July nights, but are rarely seen until autumn when cooler weather makes them clumsy and they fall from their treetop perches.

In autumn, females lay eggs in tree bark where they overwinter and hatch the following spring.   

Discover Nature is sponsored by the Missouri Department of Conservation.