Wildlife photographer Steve Creek documents a sighting of a Red-headed Meadow Katydid in Oklahoma, including details on its identification and natural history.
A Katydid is a type of insect in the family Tettigoniidae, known for their long antennae and distinctive songs that resemble the repeated phrase “Katy did, Katy didn’t”.
Katydids are insects that belong to the family Tettigoniidae and are commonly known for their distinctive singing sounds during summer nights. These fascinating insects are widely distributed in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.
Katydids are part of the order Orthoptera, which includes crickets and grasshoppers. They are often mistaken for these insects due to their similarity in appearance and behavior. However, Katydids can be easily distinguished by their long antennae, which are usually longer than their body length.
One of the most interesting features of Katydids is their sound. Male Katydids produce a loud, repetitive trill, which is a mating call to attract female Katydids. The sound is created by rubbing their wings together, which creates an impressive symphony of chirps and trills during the summer months.
Katydids feed on plants, including leaves, stems, and flowers, and they play an important role in the ecosystem by controlling the growth of vegetation. They are also a food source for many predators, including birds, reptiles, and bats.
In terms of their physical appearance, Katydids come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and their coloration can range from green to brown to pink. Some [Read More…]