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True Katydid (Pterophylla camellifolia)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the True Katydid.


 Updated: 9/17/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org



  True Katydid  
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Bright green True Katydids are more often heard than seen thanks to their extremely loud and raucous warning call.





True Katydids, or Northern Katydids, are great leaf mimics. The veins on their oval-shaped green wings helps camouflage them on virtually any tree in the forest. When standing still, they are easily looked over as part of a branch or twig. Males have a brown patch in the shape of a triangle near the head. This so-called 'saddle' resembles the dried out parts of leaves or stems so the insect's camouflage is still in tact. Females have a curved ovipositor that looks like a thick scimitar (sword).

Though they have wings, this species does not use them much. They are fond of gliding and walking. Males have a loud screeching call that is usually heard at dusk in the summer. This call is used to attract females, who often respond with their own call, which sounds like scraping. Females lay fertilized eggs in tree bark or inside stems or twigs. Adults and larvae eat leaves.
Basic Information
Common Name: True Katydid
Other Name(s): Northern Katydid
Scientific Name: Pterophylla camellifolia
Category: Grasshopper or Cricket


General Identification
Size (Adult; Length): 45mm to 55mm (1.76in to 2.15in)
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Identifying Colors: green, brown
Additional Descriptors: loud, flying, fluttering, screaming, triangle, patch, saddle




Taxonomic Hierarchy
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Pterophylla
Species: camellifolia




Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed below as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns. Grayed-out selections below indicate that the subject in question has not been reported in that particular territory. U.S. states and Canadian provinces / territories are clickable to their respective bug listings.
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Territorial Area Map (Visual Reference Guide)
The map below showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the True Katydid may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data can be useful in seeing concentrations of a particular species over the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some species are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America.
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