Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid (Scudderia furcata)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid.
Updated: 12/5/2013; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The Fork-Tailed Bush Katydid is common throughout the continent, with calls worth listening for.
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.