The Katydids are a dominant summer evening and dusk event at least at my house. No animal dominates the Katydids at night in July and August in my woods. And I presume over much of the wooded south. Katys are in the superfamily Tettigonioidea. They are more closely related to crickets than grasshoppers. The antenna, unlike grasshoppers are often much longer than the body of the insect itself. Males of almost all the species produce calls by rubbing together the bases of the forewings. Their ears are on their foretibias. This list does not include the predaceous Shieldbacks.

Our eastern Katydid list for now includes:


Common True Katydid, Pterophylla camellifolia : Entire east except southern Florida where the Florida Katydid, Lea floridenis replaces it. There is a Truncated True Katydid, Paracyrtophyllus robustus in central and eastern Texas as well.


Greater Angle Wing, Microcentrum rhombifolium : Most of the east into Texas and the southwest.

Lesser Angle Wing, Microcentrum retrinerve : Eastern, IL to NJ and south. Not in the tip of Florida.

Oblong-winged Katydid, Amblycorypha oblongifolia : All of the east except Florida, into OK the Dakotas and east Texas. Replaced in Florida (the Florida False) by A. floridana and in Texas (the Texas False) by A. huasteca.

Carinate False Katydid, Amblycorypha carinatum : South of a line from east Texas to MA and over all of Florida.

Common Virtuoso Katydid, Amblycorypha longinicta : Entire east south of a line from northern IL to NJ including all of Florida. A. arenicola, the Sandhill Vituoso occurs in AL to NC to FL. A cajuni, the Cajun Virtuosos occurs in isolated LA, extreme south AR and MS.

Rattler Round-winged Katydid, Amblycorypha rotundifolia : IL  to ME and south to TN and VA, comes very close to NE AR.

Western Round-winged Katydid, Amblycorypha parvipennis : Central Texas up to MN, down through MO AR and OK. Clicker Round-winged, A. alexanderi occurs in PA OH and south to eastern FL. Bartram's Round-winged, A. bartrami occurs in AL to NC and northern FL.


Texas Bush Katydid, Scudderia texensis : Entire east and into the west to MT and eastern CO.

Fork-tailed Bush Katydid, Scudderia furcata : Entire US.

Curve-tailed Bush Katydid, Scudderia curvicauda : Entire east into eastern TX and the eastern Dakotas.

Southeastern Bush Katydid, Scudderia cuneata : MS to VA and south. May enter SE corner of AR. Northern Bush Katydid, S. septentrionalis occurs in the area from IA and MO to ME and down to eastern TN. Broad-winged Bush Katydid, S. pistillata is also northern. MT to IA, WV and NJ northward. Related Guinea-Cypress Katydid, Inscudderia strigata occurs only in Hypericum areas in southern AL GA SC and northern FL.

Prairie Thread-legged Katydid, Arethaea constricta : Central TX into OK and KS right along the AR border. MAP.

Stilt-walker Katydid, Arethaea grallator : East TX into SE OK. MAP. The Eastern Thread-legged Katydid, A. phalangium, occurs in FL and adjacent GA AL and SC only. 

Modest Katydid, Montezumina modesta : East TX to IN and across through VA and south.


Round-tipped Conehead, Neoconocephalus retusus : Eastern US, IA to WV to MA and south.

Broad-tipped Conehead, Neoconocephalus triops : TX to southern OH to NJ and south, into the SW along the border to CA.

Sword-bearing Conehead, Neoconocephalus ensiger : Northern range, Dakotas and NE to IN and NC and north of this.

Nebraska Conehead, Neoconocephalus nebrascensis : Eastern TX to eastern NE east to PA and in a line to LA.

Slightly Musical Conehead, Neoconocephalus exiliscanorus : Eastern TX to eastern KS and east to southern NY and SC.

Robust Conehead, Neoconocephalus robustus : Entire east, west into CO and NM.

False Robust Conehead, Neoconocephalus bivocatus : Southern IA and northern AR in a band straight across to NJ and WV. Caudell's Conehead, N. caudellianus, occurs in the SE LA to NJ and FL.

Marsh Conehead, Neoconocephalus palustris : East TX in a line across AR to IN and OH down to NC and up to NJ and south. The Swift Conehead, N. velox occurs in the same range as Caudell's and may make it into the SE corner of AR.

Cattail Conehead, Bucrates malivolans : Coastal range from east TX to NJ. A freshwater marsh species.

Hook-faced Conehead, Pyrgocorypha uncinata : OK and east TX straight east to southern VA and south including all of FL.


Common Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum vulgare : Entire east except FL and southern GA and surrounding regions.

Red-headed Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum erythrocephalum : East AR border and LA east to NJ and all of FL.

Agile Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum agile : Same range as Red-head. The Handsome Meadow, O. pulchellum is limited to MS to NJ and eastward.

Black-legged Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum nigripes : Eastern SD south to east TX and across to western PA and down to MS, missing all of FL and most of GA.

Lesser Pine Katydid, Orchelimum minor : Comes close to the east AR border, otherwise SE of there.

Long-spurred Meadow Katydid, Orchelimum silvaticum : SD and central TX east to OH and AL. Gladiator Meadow, O. gladiator is a northern species. Central MO to VA and north.

Slender Meadow Katydid, Conocephalus fasciatus : Entire US.

Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid, Conocephalus strictus : Entire east except FL. Into MT and AZ in the west.

Wingless Meadow Katydid, Odontoxiphidium apterum : Eastern LA up to KY and east to NC and all of FL.



This is the female Common True. The only True Katy in many areas. This is the double maraca sound or triple maraca that the Katydids get their name from. It can sound like Kay-tee-did in the triple form. And the choruses can be blanketing and massive. They don't often descend from the treetops. And are not supposed to come to lights. I find the females on my porch frequently for whatever reason. In the yard, they will often walk to the nearest tree trunk as this one did and work their way back up. May 31 2012 was the first night I heard them in 2012.

If there is a more impressive leaf creation in the insect world than the True Katy wing I am not sure what it is. Another female on my front porch in July.


And then you find one like this. Intense red legs and red antenna. From Bell Slough and I am not sure I have seen any Pterphylla at my house with this much red veining. Either they can chameleon or their diet makes the red more intense. I presume this is a male but can't see any definitive parts.  

Known Scudderia species of the east are noted above. After thinking for a long time this was a Thread-leg, I was straightened out on bugguide and this appears to be a late female nymph of S. furcata. This one was in a cypress swamp and this species has a broad US range.

Scudderia female in my yard 2011. I grabbed her afterward and she appears to be S. curvicauda. S. curvicauda and S. furcata females are close in appearance. 

And an Amblycorypha representative. Looks like a male to me and I believe it is A. oblongifolia. Present in the whole state. Call is the zeee-dikk call.  

And while staying at a cabin in Newton county we had quite a few Lesser Anglewings, Microcentrum retrinerve, calling around us. This one showed up at dusk on the deck. Not as leafy as the Common but still impressive. The call is a quick tsst tsst tsst.  

And Norm's Orchelimum species. Obviously a fine female. We have about 6 or 7 species. This is closest to the Long-spurred Meadow, O. silvaticum which has truly one of the most pleasing songs in the Katy group to my ear.  



The carnivorous Shieldback's which are in their own subfamily Tettigoniinae are mainly a western event but there are about ten species that make it into the east (compare this to 112 in the west). This is a female Protean Shieldback, Atlanticus testaceous. Protean song. Protean BG images I thought it was a Least song. Least BG images. But Least apparently has a more curved ovipositor in the female. The American Shieldback, A. americanus  occurs very close to the eastern boundary of Arkansas. American song. American BG images.

The same species in 2013 in the yard. This female may not be fully adult.
The male from Bell and I presumed this was also the Protean. There was a female nearby. I think she did have a straight ovipositor. But this looks more like images of the Least Shieldback, A. monticola. Femur to pronotum and wing extensions help separate them. This looks like short wing extension to me. I remain in education mode for these.

Apparently several species of Katydid come in the fabulous pink form. This nymph may be another Scudderia or Amblycorypha.  But always a wonder to see.