Curve-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia curvicauda)

Curved-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia curvicauda)

The Curve-tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia curvicauda) is an insect in the Long-horned Grasshoppers and Katydids Family (Tettigoniidae) and order Orthoptera. The common family name refers to the very long antennae of these family members. The species name is Latin for "curved tail" as in the common name. The rear of this species is slightly curved. The genus name refers to something that moves quickly. The family name is from the Greek for cicada although this insect is not a cicada. The order name is from the Latin for straight and narrow wings. There are two other very similar species of Katydids in the area of French Hill Pond; the Forked-tail Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata) and Broad-winged Bush Katydid (Scudderia pistilata). The common names of these other species indicate how they differ from the Curve-tailed Bush Katydid. Often, these insect species are lumped together and called Bush Katydids because they are so much alike.

This insect is about two inches (five centimeters) long, leaf-green, with antennae as long as its body and long rear legs. It eats foliage and is found in woods or forests. Katydids are well camouflaged for their environment and are not easily seen. However, their chirps are heard throughout the forest. The chirp is normally two rasping pulses within eight second intervals. This chirp is a part of the mating process. After mating, the female will deposit her eggs on leaves or twigs in an overlapping pattern. The eggs hatch in the spring. The female lays only one set of eggs per year. 

Insects of French Hill Pond Fauna of French Hill Pond French Hill Pond Home Page