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  • Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid - (Scudderia furcata)

    Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid - (Scudderia furcata)

    The Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid is common throughout the continent, with calls worth listening for.

    Staff Writer (12/5/2013): Katydids get their name from the sound of the chirps they make. It was akin to someone calling "Katy-did, Katy-didn't" and that became how they were recognized. The Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid male has a split 'tail' at the end of its abdomen. This physical feature became part of its name.

    This particular species may be a pest on orange groves. They tend to nibble on the orange's rind, which ruins the fruit, rendering it useless for market. They also feed on tree leaves of all kinds and can be found in forests, on shrubs and in gardens or parks.

    Male Fork-Tailed Bush Katydids call 24-hours a day. Their song consists of 2-3 chirps, followed by various periods of silence while they wait for a female to respond. Females will lay their flat, white eggs in layered rows on leaves. They may look like small seeds. Larvae emerge in the spring and are multicolored and horned until they mature.

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    Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid

    Category: Grasshopper or Cricket
    Common name: Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid
    Scientific Name: Scudderia furcata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Orthoptera
          Family: Tettigoniidae
           Genus: Scudderia
            Species: furcata

    Size (Adult, Length): 36mm to 50mm (1.42in to 1.97in)

    Identifying Colors: green, yellow

    Additional Descriptors: long, flying, jumping, hopping

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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